I didn’t get one of these, in part because I was worried about what I might find inside it.
What would Jesus have said?
Thank goodness the Supreme Court has ruled that Prince Charles’s ‘black spider memo’ letters to parliament can be disclosed:
full judgment and press summary as PDFs on the Supreme Court site.
Judgment read out on youtube:
R (on the application of Evans) and another v Attorney General
This relates to letters predating the coalition legislation under which the royal family are exempt from freedom of information law: see 37 here (PDF).
But attention quickly concentrated on the use of an exclamation mark in the judgment (fortunately in a dissenting opinion):
LORD WILSON: (dissenting)
168. I would have allowed the appeal. How tempting it must have been for the Court of Appeal (indeed how tempting it has proved even for the majority in this court) to seek to maintain the supremacy of the astonishingly detailed, and inevitably unappealed, decision of the Upper Tribunal in favour of disclosure of the Prince’s correspondence!
Jack of Kent on Twitter:
Jack of Kent @JackofKent
So Lord Wilson has brought a long distinguished judicial career to an end by using an exclamation mark in a judgment pic.twitter.com/s8KF8QgMEJ
The reburial or reinterment of a body sharing the same female DNA as Richard III and many others recalls the Umbettung of Friedrich der Große in 1991. At least the pomp and ceremony in the former case will not be limited by the wishes of Richard to a burial at night by the light of carriage lamps.
Grabplatte Friedrich II. Schuschke von SK49 – Eigenes Werk. Lizenziert unter CC BY 3.0 über Wikimedia Commons
See also Operation Bodysnatch on the saltmine.
Andrew Hammel has a suspicion that the German media are keen to find fault with what they believe to be the US justice system, while overlooking comparable shortcomings of the German justice system. Goodness gracious – is he allowed to publish that kind of thing?
Andrew is looking for evidence in the German-language press:
So what I am looking for is articles in the German-language press by Germans which deal with potential justice problems in courts in German-speaking countries including:
(1) wrongful convictions;
(2) racial, ethnic, or religious disparities in conviction rates or sentencing;
(3) allegations of racial or ethnic or religious bias among German prosecutors and professional or lay judges;
(4) interviews with prisoners currently serving prison sentences in Germany who claim that they are completely innocent of the crimes of which they were convicted; and/or
(5) detailed examinations of systemic problems in German criminal justice or prisons, things such as underfunding, outdated regulations, disproportionate penalties, or the use of unreliable evidence.