This is the third in an occasional series of round-ups of interesting links on law and policy. It does not pretend to be comprehensive and only reflects what interests me and what I have read. The previous two round-ups are here and here.
Charles Saatchi is reported today as having accepted a police caution for assault. What this actually means is that (a) he has admitted an assault took place (which seems contrary to his public statements), (b) the police believe both there is evidence for an assault and there would have been a public interest in a prosecution – but (c) the police have decided instead to dispose of the case by means of a caution.
There has also been a recent interesting High Court case where a police caution for assault was quashed.
Stuart Hall was sentenced yesterday to fifteen months. The judge’s detailed and reasoned sentencing remarks here (pdf) set out how that sentence was arrived at. However, a number of politicians (who may or may not have read the sentencing remarks) have asked the Attorney-General to review the sentence to see whether it is unduly lenient.
Extradition and deportation
There will be a “group of legal experts” to “break the deadlock” on the Assange extradition, reports the Guardian. It is not obvious what such legal experts can actually do: the applicable law is clear, and it either needs to be complied with or there needs to be a diplomatic solution.
Interesting Guardian piece on the critical Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report about Kent police’s “target-driven culture leading officers to focus on easier-to-solve crimes”. The HMIC report is here.
The most dismal job in intellectual property must be enforcing the copyright in “Happy Birthday to You” – see this New York Times report on the latest legal challenge to this IP oddity.
And also from America, a man arrested for writing “Fuck your shitty town, bitches” on a traffic ticket is suing for breach of his First Amendment Rights – this report includes a copy of the complaint to court.