Top 10 weird cases

Top 10 Weird Cases 2015 During the year, the courtrooms of the world have again hosted some remarkable stories of human oddity. Here are ten of the strangest cases from 2015. In Germany, a tenant sued his landlord for retaining 1,900 euros of a deposit to replace marble flooring in a bathroom that had been eroded…

Shoot to kill 

PM wants protection for shoot-to-kill police. David Cameron wants armed police officers who shoot to kill to be given greater protection from prosecution. The PM ordered a review of the current law after a national security council meeting last week, at which police chiefs demanded greater political and legal backing for those charged with protecting…

Dog law

A Thai factory worker who faces up to 37 years in jail for insulting the country’s military rulers is also being investigated for another possible crime – making fun of the king’s dog. Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws mean it is a crime to insult or defame members of the royal family and can see people…

AG appointed to 2019

NI: Attorney General John Larkin to stay in post until 2019 Northern Ireland’s chief legal adviser, Attorney General John Larkin (pictured), will remain in the post until May 2019. Members of the Northern Ireland Executive have been informed that the First Minister and deputy First Minister have agreed to extend Mr Larkin’s term, which was…

Stamp Duty worries

PROPERTY INVESTING: Stamp duty surcharge worries investors Expert comment has appeared on the recent announcement of a 3 per cent extra stamp duty charge on the purchase of additional homes. Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph reports that the recent succession of tax measures aimed at landlords have driven two of the UK’s most prolific investors in…

Justice officials arrested 

Criminal justice officials arrested in child porn crackdownCriminal justice officials are among hundreds of suspected paedophiles arrested in a nationwide crackdown on internet child abuse images, it has been revealed. A total of 682 people have been held around the country in the last nine months, including 104 – around one in seven – who…

Cigarette litigation 

Tobacco firms challenge plain packaging rulesFour of the world’s biggest tobacco firms have begun a legal challenge to the government’s new packaging rules, which will ban using logos or branding on tobacco products from May 2016. Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International say it will unlawfully take away their…