Monthly Archives: August 2009

Looking back, I should have just phoned work and asked them for the day off.

Steven Reid was a hotel cleaner, but wanted the day off. There was only one thing to do. The fiscal depute, Jim Craigen, told the sheriff court in Aberdeen "He was making his way to work and didn't really much fancy … Continue reading

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It’s all over the front page, you give me hedge rage or hedgehogs – why can’t they just share the hedge?

The justice department issued a consultation paper in mid August on the controversial subject of high hedges. The subject has been considered previously by the former Scottish Executive in January 2000, and a proposed members bill was suggested in 2002, … Continue reading

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What Kenny did next: tales of bribery, and corruption

Now that Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has finished with the al-Megrahi case he can turn to the other issues in his in-tray. During his consideration of the decision a couple of consultation papers were issued by the Justice Department. In … Continue reading

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UK Supreme Court website: some tweaking needed

The UK Supreme Court will begin sitting in October 2009, but already its website is in place.  While this looks to be a great improvement in general on its House of Lords predecessor, our West of Scotland correspondent Ross Anderson … Continue reading

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Compassionate release: Scottish Parliament makes little impact

Scottish Parliamentary questions to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill in a session for which it had been specially recalled on 24 August 2009 failed to shake his basic position on the compassionate release of Abdelbaset Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber. The … Continue reading

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Inexplicable (?) ignorance in the FBI

FBI Director Robert S Mueller III has sent a public letter to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill criticising the latter's decision to release Abdelbaset Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, on compassionate grounds.  The remarkably emotional – and sadly error-strewn – letter … Continue reading

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Compassion for Megrahi

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced his decision to release the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds on 20 August 2009.  Megrahi flew home to Tripoli later on the same day. Mr MacAskill emphasised in his speech and … Continue reading

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And now for something a little different …

For those longing for an escape from the Will he? Won't he? joys of the Lockerbie affair, a vote of thanks to our Scottish Law Commissioner correspondent George Gretton, who has drawn our attention to the transcript of R v … Continue reading

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Lockerbie: High Court allows Megrahi appeal to be abandoned

The BBC reports that the High Court has allowed Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to abandon his appeal against conviction for the bombing of PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988.  See also Robert Black's Lockerbie Case blog. The court was given … Continue reading

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Lockerbie: speculation rife, tempers fraying

Predictably the furore over the possible release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has grown exponentially since the breaking of the news that he was seeking to drop his appeal against conviction for the Lockerbie bombing.  Professor Robert Black gives full details and … Continue reading

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