Letter to UK Secretary Of State for Justice re recent case regarding extradition to the UK and indeterminate sentencing.
The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke MP QC Secretary of State for Justice Ministry of Justice 102 Petty France London SW1H 9AJ United Kingdom RE: The Minister for Justice & Equality v GN Dear Minister, We refer to the above. Your administration reference is, we believe, Criminal Appeal Office Reference Number 200702371 A8; Indictment Number T20057096. The respondent, GN is our client. We act for him arising from a request from the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency for his extradition. […]
We have Counsel’s Opinion!
Sometimes, counsel’s opinion is just plain wrong. Of course, sometimes clients get what they insist on having.
Neutered Persian cats
By Irish standards this last point is hard to take. After all, we have the leader of our Executive addicted to the phrase, “…going forward”. His predecessor’s mode of expression was sufficiently eccentric, closed and personal as to be representative of a type; Bertiespeak.
…usque ad coelum et ad inferos
Solicitors may or may not be from Hell, but there will be occasions when, to Hell they must go.
Accident; No witnesses (Requiescat in Pace)
a collision took place between a car and a lorry. It occurred on a straight stretch of road at night with no witnesses. The drivers and other occupants died. The available evidence was inconclusive as to fault. The court apportioned blame equally between the two drivers.
Accident: Settlement (Sign Here…)
The courts have frequently rejected arguments that claims have been settled, as purportedly evidenced by “releases” signed by Plaintiffs.
Accident: Pedestrian (Hello!)
The court, accepting a calculation that the car that hit her had been traveling at not more than 30 mph and was about 75 ft. from the crossing when the Plaintiff began to cross decided she had not been guilty of contributory negligence. She was 10 ft. onto the crossing when she was hit.
The fact that the auditors in that case escaped by the skin of their teeth shows life is going to get difficult for the profession.
The Allegories of the Nile
There is, however, a human type that is radically intolerant of the mistakes of others. Alternatively, that type is inflexible in thought. Alternatively, these are human traits which some people have and others do not; and some people have both traits.
“Call me Student X”
The quality of Lord Bingham’s minority judgment is a predictor that the issue will return and be reversed in the future.