Monthly Archives: June 2008

Wendy departs: who next to lead Labour in Scotland?

Wendy Alexander resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party on 28 June 2008 after the Scottish Parliament Standards Committee recommended by a 4-3 majority that she be suspended as an MSP for one day for failure to register timeously … Continue reading

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Celebrating 60 years of universal human rights?

Scots Law News at last got invited to a film premiere on 28 June 2008 but it wasn't Stone of Destiny (see here) but rather The New Ten Commandments, a film marking from a Scottish perspective the sixtieth anniversary of … Continue reading

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Railway grafitti artist Daze is sprung

A 28-month jail sentence for vandalism, imposed on self-styled grafitti artist Gary Shields (aka Daze), was overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal on 27 June 2008. Shields' original sentence was imposed by Sheriff Colin Miller at Ayr in March … Continue reading

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Joelle Godard

With great sadness Scots Law News records the death of Joelle Godard, Edinburgh Law School friend and colleague, on 15 June 2008.  She was only 51 but had been very ill for some months. Joelle taught at the Edinburgh Law … Continue reading

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Habeas corpus and the nobile officium

While we are on the subject of confusion about habeas corpus in Scots law, Scottish Law Commissioner Professor Gerry Maher QC reminds us of the curious case of Wan Ping Nam v v Minister of Justice of the German Federal … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court: why habeas corpus did not run in Scotland

Thanks to Aidan O'Neill QC for drawing our attention to Kennedy J's 5:4 majority speech in the US Supreme Court judgment in BOUMEDIENE v. BUSH, issued 12 June 2008, which opines curiously on Scottish constitutional history in holding that habeas corpus … Continue reading

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Pleural Plaques Bill introduced

The Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill was published on 23 June 2008. This is the Bill that will reverse (but for Scots law only) the House of Lords judgment in Johnston v NEI International Combustion Ltd [2007] UKHL 39 that asymptomatic … Continue reading

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Naked Rambler in Barlinnie segregation unit

The Sunday Express for 22 June 2008 reports that Naked Rambler Steve Gough has been moved from Edinburgh's Saughton Prison to Glasgow's Barlinnie, where he is in the segregation unit. For the Sunday Express the big angle is how much … Continue reading

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Narked about Narnia on the Net (2)

Readers interested by this story may like to follow up on the blog of Jonathan Mitchell QC, who has uncovered some more interesting data on the matter.  It appears that Mr Saville-Smith, the aggrieved father, is a "domain parker", who has … Continue reading

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Stone of Destiny launch

Scots Law News had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new edition of fellow-blogger Ian Hamilton's book Stone of Destiny on the evening of 20 June 2008. The book first appeared as No Stone Unturned in 1952, less … Continue reading

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