Murder Most Foul, or just The Killing?


The Guardian , Simon Jenkins , Joshua Rozenberg , but the chance of Ken Clarke taking up HomRAG's suggestion that we rethink mandatory life sentences for murder is nil. That's a shame, because - as Jenkins points out - the justice secretary probably agrees with Louis Blom-Cooper.

"Clarke was shouted down in his plea that too many people were in jail for too long and for trivial reasons, and that remission for guilty pleas would save court time. His proposals were rubbished by the prime minister and home secretary, and he was forced to accept the primitivism of mandatory prison for knife crime and mandatory life for "two strikes" serious offenders... For once there is a progressive justice minister in place with radical intent. It would be a tragedy if he is thwarted by the bovine tendency in British politics."

Reader monkey2 that the Law Commission had recommended a similar "homicide ladder" in 2006, to no avail. "I'm not persuaded that I should be campaigning against a widely held belief that all murderers deserve life imprisonment," concluded Rozenberg. "If people take comfort from believing in an illusion, is it my job to persuade them that they are wrong?"

The Ministry of Justice wants to to hand down sentences outside courts in non-contested cases, it emerged yesterday. Lord Judge to jurors not to Google the names of defendants, pointing out the the attorney general has been taking on contempt of court.

This week saw the launch of our across the UK. Patrick Torsney of helped us identify some of the first losses, but we'll be updating it regularly, and so can you. Bookmark the front page and you'll find it on the right. Meanwhile, Juan Camilo of the Migrants' Rights Network looks at the in London, and Steve Hynes warns that left by the cuts.



Alex Aldridge looks at why Wilberforce Chambers is , : "The vast majority of pupils will consider themselves extremely grateful to earn 12k. This article will unfairly contribute to the public held belief that all barristers are grossly overpaid."


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A of the state of the international criminal court from the Economist (pre-Bensouda announcement, but still relevant)

… and its, with a plaudit for the Protection of Freedoms bill

Lastly, Guardian Law enjoyed the of the Rolls Building - despite the ghastly backing music - especially as we couldn't attend the official opening by the Queen on Wednesday. Nothing shouts "world-class litigation facilities" like a man wearing armour. , Ken Clarke is seen explaining Jonathan Djanogly's complex financial arrangements to one of the building's security guards. Got a better idea for a caption? Tweet us .

See you all next week,