Hmm

A spokeswoman for the campaign group Women Against Rape added: “This sets a dangerous precedent to allow irrelevant sexual history evidence, which the law was supposed to prevent, opening the floodgates to trashing the woman’s character in any rape trial once again.

“This trial is a throwback to the last century when women who reported rape were assumed to be lying and their sex life was on trial – just a piece of meat, to be done sex to by any man under any circumstance.”

I’ve not seen it clearly stated but the impression I’m getting is that the question before the court was along these lines:

“Is this the sort of bird who will get boozed up and then have a threesome with a couple of blokes she’s just met?”

If not then the presumption is going to be rape, if so, then not.

Seems that it’s really pretty relevant to that question as to whether she’s the sort of bird who gets boozed up and …..

This is just absolutely fascinating

The number of rapes recorded by police has doubled in the past five years while the percentage of allegations resulting in conviction has fallen, official figures indicate.

For it’s an indication that the earlier system just wasn’t as bad as was made out.

No one at all thinks that the number of rapes is rising. but we’re seeing a rise in the number reported. And that falling conviction rate means that the “quality” (to mean here, likelihood of successful prosecution) or those extra cases being reported is lower than those reported previously.

No, it doesn’t mean at all that the previous system was absolutely correct at the margin. That all cases which could be prosecuted were both reported and then brought to a successful conclusion. But it does mean that the system was closer to that position than many used to claim. The falling conviction rate as against the greater reporting really does mean that the newer cases are more marginal.

That’s a lot of jam on tarts

A City banker and a group of businessmen pulled off an elaborate £245million scam, with proceeds being spent on high class prostitutes and luxury holidays, a court has heard.

Isn’t there a point at which it’s cheaper to buy than rent?

Sadly for the toms of the nation it’s the total losses that were that sum, not the amount ripped off.

“He had embarked on a deliberate, systematic and sustained campaign of unauthorised lending of bank money to those business customers within his portfolio which were effectively forced through his influence to engage in the services of QCS.”

Quickly put, manager of loans to companies in trouble insisted that said companies hired a mate to consult on how to get out of trouble.

Mr Bancroft, who was described as Mr Mills’ “man on the ground” allegedly received around £1million in direct payments.

He and Scourfield allegedly went to Barbados to celebrate Mrs Mills’ 40th birthday and also enjoyed trips to Bancroft’s villa o the Algarve.

Mr Cartwright was said to have received £200,000 for his alleged role, while Mr Dobson, who was a colleague of Scourfield allegedly received £30,000 in corrupt payments from one of Mills’ companies as well as benefitting from “inappropriate hospitality”.

Much less interesting.

Gun etiquette

A Florida woman has been accidentally shot to death in front of 34 people by an officer during a citizens academy exercise, according to Punta Gorda police.
Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis says Mary Knowlton, 73, was taking part in a role-playing scenario Tuesday when she was ‘mistakenly struck with a live round’.
Lewis says Knowlton was chosen randomly from about 35 people in the class for a ‘shoot/don’t shoot’ simulation during the Citizen Police Academy at the station headquarters.
Sue Paquin, a photographer covering the event for the Charlotte Sun, witnessed the accident and told the Fort Myers News-Press the officer fired at Knowlton, who was playing the ‘bad guy’ during the scenario, several times.
The officer was supposed to fire blanks at Knowlton, but live rounds were loaded in the gun, according to WINK News.

That’s, err, bad gun etiquette

Isn’t this just great?

The US justice department has moved to seize more than $1bn of assets allegedly acquired using funds misappropriated from the Malaysian economic development fund 1MDB, according to court papers filed on Wednesday.

The news follows a months-long international FBI probe, as well as five separate investigations around the world, and mark a step up in the investigation into up to $6bn that was allegedly skimmed from the sovereign fund and allegedly used to support the lavish lifestyles of several men connected to the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak.

The US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, said the funds defrauded from the Malaysian people were used to pay for luxury real estate in the US and Europe, gambling expenses in Las Vegas casinos, a London interior designer, more than $200m in artwork by artists including Van Gogh and Monet, and the production of films including the Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.

A movie about boiler rooms and stock scams was backed by cash lifted in a scam?

Still, even with Hollywood accounting that’s one that should have made a profit for investors, no?

Holy buggery

A terrorist gunman killed 84 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday.

The driver was shot dead after barrelling the truck two kilometres (1.3 miles) through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies.

Finally, government advice you can use

Bahamas warns young black men to ‘exercise extreme caution’ when dealing with US police

Hmm.

Law professor says people can be stopped by police for ‘driving while black’ but criticises the advice saying it could make black men ‘paranoid’

Actually, around an American cop you want to be paranoid. I’m paranoid around American cops and I’m so whitebread it’s painful.

Suspected rapists are young men

“The descriptions [of perpetrators] are diverse, with the one common denominator being that these are all young men,” police at the first festival reported on Sunday night.

Well, yes, I suppose so really.

It’s the other detail that people might concentrate on though:

Police in Sweden are investigating five reported rapes and nearly forty instances of groping at two music festivals over the weekend.

“Foreign young men“ were blamed by police for the attacks at one of the festivals and at least two unaccompanied migrant youths were under arrest.

Difficult to work out why

A gunman opened fire inside Venezuela’s central bank on Monday, wounding two guards before he was shot dead by security officers, according to two sources, in the latest violent episode to shake the country.

“He wounded two guards, fortunately they are stable and are currently in a clinic,” Merentes told journalists, adding that the shooter’s motives were unclear and an investigation was under way.

Obviously not an attempt at robbery as in Venezuela the central bank is the one place that doesn’t have any money.

Well done to the New York Times

While the precise motivation for the rampage remains unclear, it is evident that Mr. Mateen was driven by hatred toward gays and lesbians. Hate crimes don’t happen in a vacuum. They occur where bigotry is allowed to fester, where minorities are vilified and where people are scapegoated for political gain. Tragically, this is the state of American politics, driven too often by Republican politicians who see prejudice as something to exploit, not extinguish.

Oh well done. Not one single mention of Muslim, Islam, imam, etc etc….and that’s the damn editorial.

Blimey

Katherine Knight stabbed and mutilated her de facto husband in the Hunter Valley 16 years ago and the story is now set to be adapted for the big screen

Does it hurt being stabbed in the Hunter Valley? Is it filmic?

The mad taxi driver is a stock character

But this is new:

The gunman who drove in and around a western Michigan city randomly shooting people and killing at least six is an Uber driver.
A spokesman for the online taxi app told the Telegraph on Sunday that 45-year-old Jason Brian Dalton, who has been arrested in connection with the shooting, was one of their drivers, as details emerged that he may have picked up fares during the killing spree.
Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Office at Uber, said: “We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.”
Dalton had also passed a background test, Uber’s spokesman added.

Cue all sorts of people screaming about how Uber’s background checks aren’t good enough.

But the fascinating bit is that he was picking up fares in between the shootings. Truly weird behaviour.

Depends what you mean by fair trial, doesn’t it Eddie?

Edward Snowden has told supporters he would be willing to return to the US if the government could guarantee a fair trial.

What do we mean by fair trial here?

The former National Security Agency contractor, who has been living in Russia since June 2013, said he would present a public interest defence of his decision to leak thousands of classified intelligence documents if he appeared before a US jury. “I’ve told the government I would return if they would guarantee a fair trial where I can make a public interest defence of why this was done and allow a jury to decide,”

Not entirely sure that’s something the government can guarantee, is it? Lawyers?

It’s the judge who decides what line of defence you can offer, isn’t it?

Hmm

Any of the lawyers around here want to explain this:

The law on joint enterprise has been wrongly interpreted by criminal trial judges over the past 30 years, according to the Supreme Court.

What is it they’ve changed?

Does this crime actually work?

A Chinese man pleaded guilty in a US court on Wednesday to stealing patent-protected corn seed from agribusiness giants Monsanto and DuPont to take back to China for commercial use.

Mo Hailong, 46, participated in a plot to steal inbred corn seeds from the two US companies so that his then employer, Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group, could use them in its own seed business, the US Department of Justice said.

Umm, don’t you need to hybridise them each and every generation? Or is that me not understanding something?

Err, maybe punishment works?

The number of motorists fined for driving while on the phone has plummeted four fold in just three years fuelling fears police are turning a blind eye.
Just fewer than 30,000 drivers were handed a £100 fine last year after being caught behind the wheel while using a mobile phone.
The figure contrasts sharply with the 123,000 people fined in 2011 and punishments have steadily fallen year on year since.
It suggests police may be letting an increasing number of culprits off with a verbal warning.
Road safety campaigners said while an improvement in hands free technology may be partly behind the fall, there is also a risk that a lack of police officers on the roads means offenders are avoiding being caught.

What larks!

The criminal sexual assault case against Bill Cosby could be in jeopardy after his defence said the prosecutor who examined the same claim in 2005 had given his word the comedian would not be charged.
Cosby’s lawyers have asked for the aggravated sexual assault charges against him to be dismissed, contending that they “violate an express agreement” with the district attorney at the time which they say constitutes an immunity deal.

It’s becoming almost Clintonesque in its discussions of what the meaning of is is, isn’t it?