Crime and the law

Crime and the law

24 January 2012

A mega attack on internet freedom

You don’t have to be a fan of the juvenile people behind Megaupload to be worried by the crackdown against it.

19 January 2012

Trial by jury: the case for the defence

We should fight hard to defend the right to a jury trial, which remains the ‘lamp that shows that freedom lives’.

25 October 2011

So, it wasn’t the gangs wot dunnit

New Home Office figures confirm that the craven attempt to blame England’s August riots on well-organised, evil gangs was pure fantasy.

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.