Difficult one really

Crispin Odey, one of Britain’s most high profile hedge fund bosses, has been charged with indecently assaulting a woman more than two decades ago.
The Brexit donor, who founded and runs Odey Asset Management and has an estimated wealth of £825m, was charged over an attack alleged to have taken place in Chelsea in 1998.
The attack is alleged to have happened at Swan Walk in west London, where Odey owns a home and several of his businesses are registered, the Evening Standard reported.
Mr Odey said: “The allegation is denied and I will strongly contest this matter.”
The case was due to come before Westminster magistrates’ court next week but has been postponed until 28 Sept due to a backlog of hearings created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Odey, 61, has been charged under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 with a single offence alleged to have occurred in July 1998, the Crown Prosecution Service said. He is charged with “indecently assaulting a woman over the age of 16”, the Standard reported.

Actually, not so difficult as all that. Sexual assault is a he said, she said offence. Because the act itself, sex (one assumes that is what it concerns) is entirely legal. It’s about consent. And 22 years ago? Probably no witnesses other than the two participants? The likelihood of a fair trial – you know evidence ‘n’ all that – is what?

One of the things the Americans have got right in their legal system is that insistence of taking statutory limitations seriously.

Jeez, who’d he piss off?

A Saudi-born tech entrepreneur has been found dead inside his luxury Manhattan apartment, his body having been dismembered with an electric saw.
Fahim Saleh, the 33-year-old founder of the ride-hailing motorcycle start-up Gokada, was found dead by his sister on Tuesday, in the Lower East Side.
Detectives found his decapitated torso, with an electric saw nearby.
Detectives then found the head and limbs.

Getting his financing from Epstein perhaps?

This puzzles me

They also expressed concern that she may escape to France, where she holds citizenship. Paris does not extradite its own citizens.

She clearly believes she can beat the rap otherwise she would have done. But why would she believe that? Sure, actual innocence is a good defence but maybe not when there’s a witch hunt on.

IANAL but this sounds about right

and that the charges against her are out of time and consequently barred by the US statute of limitations.

Seems about right, except, well:

Which Cases Do Not Have a Statute of Limitations?
There is no federal statute of limitations for certain crimes. A person can be charged at any time for the following:

Federal crimes punishable by death (U.S. Code 18 Section 3281)
Terrorism crimes that resulted in death or serious bodily injury (U.S. Code 18 Section 3286)
Sex crimes with a minor (U.S. Code 18 Section 3283)

Now, whether Mann Act or similar is actually a sex crime is an unknown to me.

It’s an old mistake

It didn’t take long. The wheels of the Black Lives Matter movement are already starting to get stuck in the mire of doubt and suspicion. A few short weeks ago, politicians were eager to be photographed taking the knee in solidarity with the movement; now they’re desperate to distance themselves from what the movement demands – such as moving funds away from policing and into mental health services and youth work to prevent crime occurring in the first place.

Both Lenin and Stalin insisted that there would be no crime – normal crime that is – in a socially just society. So, let’s get on with the creating the social justice and the crime will fade away, won’t it?

It has to be said that it didn’t work out that way. And not just because the definition of crime was changed so that opposing social justice was one.

Party Time

Two police officers suffer broken bones after bricks and bottles thrown at illegal west London party

So, the bricks and bottles were thrown *at* the party, meaning the officers must have been attending in order to be injured.

Some sort of community cohesion exercise I presume?

Now there’s service for you

Two Mexican women who discovered that they were having an affair with the same married man decided to take the ultimate revenge: they organised his contract killing.

Ana Laura Jaramillo and Alhelí Mendoza, who are thought to be in their thirties, have been sentenced to 43 years and nine months each in prison for the murder on April 2, 2018, which was the day they found out they were being cheated on.

Some industries in some places can get right down to providing the promised service. Other witter about too busy mate, can’t do it for months Guv and all that.

Mexico – where the hitmen can be found, hired and in action the same day.

Obviously that effect of competition in the private sector…..

It’s the Chuck Berry crime

Maxwell, 58, was charged on Thursday in a 17-page indictment with allegedly enticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit both of those crimes, and perjury related to a sworn deposition. If convicted, she faces up to 35 years in federal prison.

The important but not said there being “transporting across state lines” which is what makes it a crime for the Feds. And, yep, this is what Chuck did a couple of years for.

There’s a wide spectrum of said crime too. If, say, the age of consent is 18, and you drive a date over the state line then park up and hubba bubba, said date being 17, then that’s this crime.

If you, purely as a theoretical illustration you know, organise vast fleets of young teens to service rich old men it’s the same thing.

So, the offer of a deal starts

The revelation that Ghislaine Maxwell will never sell out the Duke of York comes from a controversial confidante who has known the Maxwells for years.

So, here, presented through my “long term friend” is my first offer of a deal. What do I get if I do sell?

Well, not quite, no

When the British socialite and media heiress Ghislaine Maxwell arrived in New York City in 1991,

Rather the point was that there was no inheritance…..

Although that became more apparent in 1992, fair enough….


The suspects were as baffled as anyone as to why they were suddenly being picked up, perhaps fearing the work of a supergrass. But then, on June 12, some of the most senior members of Britain’s criminal fraternity received a text on their mobiles that made everything clear. The top-secret, encrypted messaging platform EncroChat, which they had for four years used for their business, had been compromised by law enforcement agencies. The message from the shadowy France-based provider was stark: “We can no longer guarantee the security of your device. We advise you to power off and physically dispose of your device immediately.”

But for many of the 10,000 UK users it was too late. The police had already begun kicking down front doors. EncroChat handsets, which cost around £3,000 a year, provided gangsters with a supposedly secure network on which they could deal drugs, order gangland hits, arrange money laundering and carry out their underworld activity.

Emerging in 2016 to replace an end-to-end encrypted service that was disabled, EncroChat became the go-to platform for top-tier criminals.

Britain’s National Crime Agency, with European law enforcement bodies, had spent four years trying to crack the system without success. But in April, cyber specialists working with the French police managed to hack into the network without being detected.

They were able to eavesdrop on millions of chilling messages and harvest a treasure trove of evidence. Nikki Holland, director of investigations at the NCA, said: “It was like getting the keys to Aladdin’s cave”, while her deputy, Matt Horne, likened it to “cracking the criminals’ Enigma code”.

Entirely unconnected, didn’t James Stunt just get arrested?

And the bloke I’d really like not to be at the moment is the cryptographer behind EncroChat. That sounds like a rather desperate position to have right now.

Of course he did

The 25-year-old Libyan man accused of killing three people in a Reading park shouted “Allahu Akbar” moments before the attack, a court has heard.

Khairi Saadallah, who was living in the Berkshire town, is charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Our problem here is the Maggie as PM question.

Sure, perhaps this is anecdote not truth but still. Traditionally one way of working out whether a potential nutter is in contact with reality is to ask “Who is the Prime Minister”. This fell into abeyance in the Thatcher years because even nutters knew that Maggie was. Thus it was not a useful test of who was a nutter.

Shouting Allahu Akbar before knifing someone is not evidence of being a terrorist. Or, perhaps, it might be, but it’s also true that those who are nutters might shout it as well.

That is, it’s not definitive either way. Thus it’s not useful as a test. For it’s not distinguishing between the type of voices in the head that lead to the stabbiness.

OK, so…

It’s a country where 1/3 of the deaths in police custody are Black or members of other ethnic minorities,

What should the number be?

People of minority ethnicities made up 27% of the prison population
compared with 13% of the general population.

We’re to cavil about the difference between 27% and 33% are we? After all, people do die wherever they’re put, no?

I’d missed all of this

Once worth an estimated £3 billion, Mr Stunt had his assets and cash frozen at the High Court in 2018 at the request of the CPS in a ‘proceeds of crime’ restraint order.

Last June, he was declared bankrupt and, in March this year, his £11 million luxury cottage in Belgravia was repossessed along with his two apartments overlooking Chelsea Harbour, each worth £5 million.

How could I have missed all of this? He always did strike as being mouth and no trousers. And even Bernie E, who knows about these things, said he couldn’t work out where the money had come from. I’ve even commented on that gold dealing business, which is a poor person’s idea of how people get or stay rich.

How could I have missed all this deliciousness?

Not really, no, not quite

A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely.

It’s the sentence of capital punishment which has been delivered remotely, not the capital punishment.

At which point we can descend ever further into pendantry hell. For capital punishment is always, but always, delivered personally and directly. Well, from the point of view of the executee that is. It’s usually rather remote from the courtroom and the judge….

Who was the 51 year old man arrested?

Ambulances visited the property of a solicitor on several occasions in the weeks before she was shot dead while at home with her children, neighbours have said.

Silke Hartshorne-Jones suffered fatal gunshot wounds in the early hours of Sunday morning at the 17th century farmhouse where she lived with husband Peter, a 51-year-old gun dealer, and twin eight-year-old sons.

Police were called to the Grade-II listed Chestnut Farm in Barham, near Ipswich, at 4.45am but were unable to save the critically injured victim, who was in her early 40s.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder by Suffolk Police.

I assume that unless the police actually say “Peter Hartshorne-Jones was arrested” then the newspaper can’t say that. Therefore this circumlotion. Not that we’re left in a great deal of doubt…..

Forrin is forrin

She has since lodged an appeal against her public mischief conviction to Cyprus’s supreme court. The 12 men were released without charge.

The documentary will be a chance for Emily’s friends, who found her shortly after the alleged rape, to tell their stories for the first time.

The programme will explore “inconsistencies in the suspects’ account” of that night, with a former Home Office adviser re-examining the evidence.

Former DCI David Gee told the programme that if the alleged events had occurred in the UK, there appeared to be enough evidence to charge at least one man with rape.

And what was the situation under Cypriot law? After all, we have stopped this colonialist idea that we get to determine what foreign law is, haven’t we?