Overlawyered » United Kingdom http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:24:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Exotic botanical toxin, or exotic expert witness theory? http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/exotic-botanical-toxin-exotic-expert-witness-theory/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/exotic-botanical-toxin-exotic-expert-witness-theory/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:40:35 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49346 Following the unexplained death of a gardener at a millionaire’s estate in Hampshire, England, a coroner has been told that it is more likely than not that brushing against the poisonous common garden plant aconitum, known variously as wolfsbane or monkshood, must have caused the man’s decease. [Independent] Maggie Bloom, who is representing the family, […]

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AconitumFollowing the unexplained death of a gardener at a millionaire’s estate in Hampshire, England, a coroner has been told that it is more likely than not that brushing against the poisonous common garden plant aconitum, known variously as wolfsbane or monkshood, must have caused the man’s decease. [Independent]

Maggie Bloom, who is representing the family, said in the pre-inquest hearing yesterday that the initial blood sample had been destroyed – despite being against hospital policy – and that later samples that were retained could be useless as the poison leaves the body within a day.

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U.K. proposal for “Extremist Disruption Orders,” cont’d http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/u-k-proposal-extremist-disruption-orders/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/u-k-proposal-extremist-disruption-orders/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:15:08 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49220 “Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission.” Who’s an extremist? Funny you should ask. It’s not just preachers of violent jihad: George Osborne, […]

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“Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission.” Who’s an extremist? Funny you should ask. It’s not just preachers of violent jihad:

George Osborne, the Chancellor, has made clear in a letter to constituents that the aim of the orders would be to “eliminate extremism in all its forms” and that they would be used to curtail the activities of those who “spread hate but do not break laws”.

He explained that that the new orders, which will be in the Conservative election manifesto, would extend to any activities that “justify hatred” against people on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

He also disclosed that anyone seeking to challenge such an order would have to go the High Court, appealing on a point of law rather than fact.

An outcry has been arising from groups including both conservative Christians and atheists, both of whom suspect that their own controversial speech will be subject to restriction under the new rules. [Daily Telegraph; earlier]

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In Britain, shotgun control at your doorstep http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/britain-shotgun-control-doorstep/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/britain-shotgun-control-doorstep/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:21:53 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48912 From the United Kingdom [Camilla Swift, The Spectator]: Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has a gun license. Why? They claim that shooters may be ‘vulnerable to criminal or terrorist groups’ and this is the way to tackle the ‘problem’. The new […]

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From the United Kingdom [Camilla Swift, The Spectator]:

Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has a gun license. Why? They claim that shooters may be ‘vulnerable to criminal or terrorist groups’ and this is the way to tackle the ‘problem’. The new Home Office guidance assures us this won’t occur ‘at an unsocial hour unless there is a justified and specific requirement to do so.’ Some get-out clause.

More: CPSA. Perhaps, in our American Bill of Rights, there is more of a connection between the Second Amendment and Fourth Amendment than is at first apparent.

And: “Watervliet, NY Asks Pistol Permit Applicants for Facebook Passwords. Or Not.” [Robert Farago, The Truth About Guns]

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Scary UK proposal: “Extremist Disruption Orders” http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/scary-uk-proposal-extremist-disruption-orders/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/scary-uk-proposal-extremist-disruption-orders/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:45:27 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48608 “Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.” [Telegraph] The Spectator joins other critics in noting that the idea, floated by Home Secretary Theresa May, could conceivably be used not only against proponents of violent Islamism but also (for example) […]

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“Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.” [Telegraph] The Spectator joins other critics in noting that the idea, floated by Home Secretary Theresa May, could conceivably be used not only against proponents of violent Islamism but also (for example) radicals of right and left, Irish nationalists, and animal-rights protesters:

Labour’s ‘hate crime’ laws have already been used to pursue Christian street preachers criticising homosexuality and Englishmen being rude about Scots. This magazine was once contacted by the CID, which was ‘investigating’ an article about Islamic fundamentalism — the police were trying to establish if we had violated the parameters of argument defined by New Labour. Rather than repeal such laws, Mrs May seems to want to extend them.

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September 16 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-16-roundup-2/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-16-roundup-2/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:05:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47788 “When I asked them why they decided to sell their [toy import] business, they said that they got out because of Proposition 65 and the CPSIA.” [Nancy Nord] State tax regimes are getting more aggressive about grabbing money earned in other states [Steve Malanga, City Journal] “Still can’t get over the fact that all [development] […]

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  • “When I asked them why they decided to sell their [toy import] business, they said that they got out because of Proposition 65 and the CPSIA.” [Nancy Nord]
  • State tax regimes are getting more aggressive about grabbing money earned in other states [Steve Malanga, City Journal]
  • “Still can’t get over the fact that all [development] permits are discretionary in San Francisco” [@TonyBiasotti linking Mark Hogan, Boom]
  • How would American politics change if political parties could expel members, as in many countries they can? [Bryan Caplan]
  • Defenders of Wisconsin John Doe prosecutor push back against Stuart Taylor investigation [Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via Althouse, more, related on "blue fist" posters and John Doe investigator, earlier]
  • “In Britain, Child’s Weight Leads to Parents’ Arrest” [New York Times in June, King's Lynn 11-year-old; also, Cadbury agrees to "stop making chocolate bars in Britain with more than 250 calories"] More: Pencil-twirling in class leads to CPS referral in New Jersey [Katherine Mangu-War, Reason]
  • Should there be judicial remedies — what kind, and for which plaintiffs — when federal spending is politicized? [Daniel Epstein, Federalist Society "Engage"]
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    September 2 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-2-roundup-4/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-2-roundup-4/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:05:23 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47962 Police have traced the crime wave to a single micro-neighborhood in the California capital [Sacramento Bee] “Adam Carolla Settles with the Patent Trolls” [Daniel Nazer/EFF, Reason, related eight days earlier and previously] eBay takes on Landmark in the E.D. of Texas [Popehat] Frank Furedi on law and the decline in childrens’ freedom to roam [U.K. […]

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  • Police have traced the crime wave to a single micro-neighborhood in the California capital [Sacramento Bee]
  • “Adam Carolla Settles with the Patent Trolls” [Daniel Nazer/EFF, Reason, related eight days earlier and previously] eBay takes on Landmark in the E.D. of Texas [Popehat]
  • Frank Furedi on law and the decline in childrens’ freedom to roam [U.K. Independent]
  • On “ban the box” laws re: asking about job applicants’ criminal records, it’s sued if you do, sued if you don’t [Coyote]
  • Fake law firm websites in U.K. sometimes parasitize the real ones [Martha Neil, ABA Journal]
  • What C. Steven Bradford of the blog Business Law Prof reads to keep up (and thanks for including us on list);
  • As applications to renounce U.S. citizenship mount, many related to FATCA, our government hikes fee for doing so by 422% [Robert Wood, Forbes]
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    UK local council spends $350K trying to unmask political blogger http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/uk-local-council-spends-350k-trying-unmask-political-blogger/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/uk-local-council-spends-350k-trying-unmask-political-blogger/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:15:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47040 In the North of England, “South Tyneside Council has abandoned its hunt for notorious blogger Mr Monkey after spending more than £200,000 of taxpayers’ cash.” [Chronicle] The widely read blog had made scurrilous charges against council members and others. “The authority said it had a ‘duty’ to protect staff and councillors against” what it called […]

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    In the North of England, “South Tyneside Council has abandoned its hunt for notorious blogger Mr Monkey after spending more than £200,000 of taxpayers’ cash.” [Chronicle] The widely read blog had made scurrilous charges against council members and others. “The authority said it had a ‘duty’ to protect staff and councillors against” what it called “cyber-bullying and harassment.” “Councils cannot sue for libel. Any action against the ‘Mr Monkey’ blogger could only be taken by named individuals.” [BBC] More: Daily Mail, Taxpayers Alliance.

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    Britain: publicly funded films must advance diversity http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/britain-publicly-funded-films-must-advance-diversity/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/britain-publicly-funded-films-must-advance-diversity/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:08:51 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47001 The government-backed, lottery-funded British Film Institute, which backs a substantial portion of film production in Britain, “announced a ‘Three Ticks’ scheme to ensure diversity in films and behind the scenes as it set out new rules for funding. Under the system, to be implemented in September, films must ‘tick’ at least two of three criteria: […]

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    The government-backed, lottery-funded British Film Institute, which backs a substantial portion of film production in Britain, “announced a ‘Three Ticks’ scheme to ensure diversity in films and behind the scenes as it set out new rules for funding. Under the system, to be implemented in September, films must ‘tick’ at least two of three criteria: on-screen diversity; off-screen diversity and ‘creating opportunities and social mobility’.” [Telegraph]

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    Free speech roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/free-speech-roundup-31/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/free-speech-roundup-31/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:05:37 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46882 Why are PEN and Index on Censorship luminaries supporting Hacked Off press control campaign in UK? [Brendan O'Neill] Religious offense, hate speech and blasphemy: meet India’s self-appointed “Ban Man” [WaPo] “Like a free press? Thank corporate personhood.” [Dylan Matthews, Vox] Participant’s memoir: “spontaneous” mob violence against Danish cartoons was anything but [Lars Hvidberg, Freedom House] […]

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  • Why are PEN and Index on Censorship luminaries supporting Hacked Off press control campaign in UK? [Brendan O'Neill]
  • Religious offense, hate speech and blasphemy: meet India’s self-appointed “Ban Man” [WaPo]
  • “Like a free press? Thank corporate personhood.” [Dylan Matthews, Vox]
  • Participant’s memoir: “spontaneous” mob violence against Danish cartoons was anything but [Lars Hvidberg, Freedom House]
  • Floyd Abrams testifies at Senate hearing on proposed constitutional amendments to curtail First Amendment for purposes of limiting campaign speech [Volokh]
  • Ruling: Pennsylvania high court judge can proceed with libel suit against Philadelphia newspapers [Philadelphia mag, Inquirer]
  • Missouri gun activist ordered to remove material from internet about police encounter wins settlement [Volokh, earlier]
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    June 19 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/june-19-roundup/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/june-19-roundup/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:05:10 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46253 Heeding union and legacy air carriers, Congress nixes cheap flights to Europe [W.R. Mead/American Interest, Marc Scribner/CEI] Kneecapping the opposition: lawprof wants to yank trade associations’ tax exemption [CL&P] “Connecticut Supreme Court rules against man who got drunk and fell in bonfire” [Legal NewsLine] Making reform of big-city government a conservative cause [Scott Beyer] Judge: […]

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  • Heeding union and legacy air carriers, Congress nixes cheap flights to Europe [W.R. Mead/American Interest, Marc Scribner/CEI]
  • Kneecapping the opposition: lawprof wants to yank trade associations’ tax exemption [CL&P]
  • “Connecticut Supreme Court rules against man who got drunk and fell in bonfire” [Legal NewsLine]
  • Making reform of big-city government a conservative cause [Scott Beyer]
  • Judge: Pipe maker can sue qui tam law firm over press release calling products defective [Daniel Fisher, Forbes]
  • British insurer group calls for action, says fraudulent accident claims up 18% in year [Insurance Journal]
  • Long, detailed look at forces behind the madness that is the San Francisco housing market [Kim-Mai Cutler, TechCrunch in April]
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