Early release to be scrapped for violent and sexual offenders | Politics

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Serious violent and sexual offenders will no longer automatically be released halfway through their sentences under government plans introduced on Wednesday.A greater focus has been placed on automatic release since last November’s London Bridge attack, which was carried out by a convicted terrorist out on licence.

Sexual misconduct cases at record high in legal profession | Law

Sixty-three cases were reported to solicitors’ governing body last year, figures show

Reported cases of sexual misconduct have risen every year for the past five years.Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The number of reports of sexual misconduct in the legal profession in England have increased over the last five years and have reached a record high, according to newly released figures.

Rape jury system unfair to victims | Letter | Society

Decisions of guilt and innocence are made largely by laypeople with no experience of the way abusers work, writes
Roy Grimwood

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury selection in his rape trial.The adversarial system before a jury where “beyond reasonable doubt” is the standard of proof required is biased against victims.

Exclusive: Philadelphia refinery expected to be sold to real estate developer - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions is expected to sell its fire-damaged refinery site to real estate developer Hilco Redevelopment Partners, three sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.FILE PHOTO: The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery is seen at sunset in front of the Philadelphia skyline March 24, 2014.

Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti in jail cell that held El Chapo: lawyers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Avenatti is living in a jail cell that reportedly once housed convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, making it impossible for the celebrity lawyer to prepare for his upcoming extortion trial, his lawyers said.FILE PHOTO: Attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.

Former Town Judge Disbarred Over Ticket-Fixing Scheme

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The state Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer who formerly served as a municipal judge in Monmouth County, criminally convicted of ticket-fixing and funneling funds to nine municipalities in an effort to curry favor from local officials.Want to continue reading?