Crime and the law

Crime and the law

10 October 2011

The global culture war over Amanda Knox

How did one woman become such a talking point? Because she got bound up in a clash between ‘louche America’ and ‘medieval Italy’.

3 October 2011

Knox: victim of an Italian soap opera

A supporter of the Injustice in Perugia campaign reports on the absolute dearth of evidence against Amanda Knox.

3 October 2011

The culture war over ‘Foxy Knoxy’

The pro-Amanda Knox campaign is far from saintly, what with its Italy-bashing and whispers about backward European men.

24 August 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: a modern-day scapegoat

In the past, backward villagers would invest a goat with the sins of the village and then cast it out. Feminists tried the same trick with DSK.

18 August 2011

Riotous youth: hang ’em high or hug ’em hard?

Why spiked is taking neither side in the great national handwringing over whether looters should get jail time or tough love.

28 June 2011

An eight-year-old cannot commit rape

The Daily Mail report on the rise of ‘child criminals’ actually reveals that British adults have lost the plot.

24 May 2011

Rape law: did Ken Clarke have a point?

The expanded definition of rape in recent years is causing discomfort for politicians, lawyers and jurors.

This rape debate is demeaning to women

The current debate over the law on rape rehabilitates the Victorian view of women as helpless victims.

10 May 2011

The superinjunction only intensifies the gossip game

Yes, society’s obsession with people’s private peccadilloes and antics is a problem – but it won’t be fixed through illiberal injunctions.

28 February 2011

‘Please be aware, I might hit you now’

The British police’s bizarre new ‘riot brochure’ gives the lie to the idea that they’re more Orwellian than ever.