FREE SPEECH FOR ADVOCATES OF SHARIA LAW

I noticed this-story about a Muslim convert who refused to stand during a Court hearing. The Defendant should have been required to stand in order to show respect for the proceedings but this is not what caught my interest. Apparently the Defendant is prohibited by a 2014 Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) ‘from approaching members of the public in order…

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Free Speech and the Viscount St Davids Case

Rhodri Colwyn Philips, whose hereditary title is Viscount St Davids, recently abandoned his appeal against his sentence under section 127 of the Malicious Communications Act 2003. He withdrew his appeal after being informed by Judge Deborah Taylor, the Recorder of Westminster sitting at Southwark Crown Court, that the appeal could result in his sentence being increased. Viscount St Davids was…

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“Hate is Hate” – Words of Wisdom from the DPP

The CPS have recently issued a statement concerning online ‘hate crime’. Here is the statement for racially and religiously aggravated ‘hate crimes’; similar ones are available on the CPS website for crimes motivated by the victims disability, sexuality etc. There does not appear to be anything new in this guidance, for instance a new interpretation of the legislation or new…

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Divorce Reform – Tini Owens Appeal heads to the Supreme Court

Further to my last article, see here, on the subject of divorce reform and the Tini Owens case, Mrs Owens has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. A date has not yet been set for the hearing of the Appeal. Tini Owens’ barrister, Philip Marshall QC, is expected to argue that the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 presents…

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RICHARD PAGE CASE UNDERWAY

Following my previous article on the Employment claim of Mr Richard Page, the trial of his claim began this week.  The representative for Kent & Medway Trust accused Richard Page of mounting a publicity campaign without having regard to his position with the Trust, see here. Richard Page pointed out that he had worked with numerous homosexuals during his time…

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