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Non nobis solum nati sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici: in memoriam Alan Rodger

To the sombre magnificence of St Giles in Edinburgh on the cold wet evening of Friday 26 November 2011 for a memorial service in honour of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry; then on to a dinner in the opulent splendour of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court upholds pleural plaques legislation

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the validity of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009 against the challenge to it made by insurance companies.  The judgments are very important discussions, not only about the Scottish Parliament's legislative competence … Continue reading

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In Tripoli south of Lockerbie

As the Gaddafi regime in Libya was finally toppled in August 2011, so inevitably speculation also began about the implications for Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, the second anniversary of whose compassionate release from Greenock prison by the Scottish … Continue reading

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Perjury, Tommy Sheridan and the News of the World’s end

As the storm over the phone-hacking methods of the News of the World intensified to the point where the newspaper's owners decided to close it on 7 July 2011, the Crown Office earlier the same day issued the following statement, which it … Continue reading

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Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (18 September 1944-26 June 2011)

Sad news of the death of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry on 26 June 2011.  He had been ill with the effects of a brain tumour since the early spring. Alan Rodger was the greatest Scots lawyer of his generation as well … Continue reading

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Supreme Court experts announced

The Scottish Government's Expert Group to consider the jurisdiction of the UK Supreme Court in criminal matters will consist of Lord McCluskey, Sir Gerald Gordon QC, Sheriff Charles Stoddart and Professor Neil Walker. It is of course a distinguished group … Continue reading

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Scottish Cabinet to set up expert group on Supreme Court

Following a fevered few days of public debate since the Nat Fraser decision by the UK Supreme Court, the new Scottish Cabinet has announced after its meeting on 31 May 2011 the creation of an expert group to look into the … Continue reading

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Three years probation for illegal file sharing

The BBC reports on 31 May 2011 that Anne Muir has been given three years' probation following her earlier conviction for illegal file-sharing.

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First illegal music file sharing conviction in Scotland

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has issued a press release announcing that Anne Muir (58) has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted for illegally sharing music files online. Ms Muir, from Ayr, apparently pleaded guilty … Continue reading

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Megrahi: a desert story (continued)

Early February 2011 saw fresh light thrown on the UK Government’s negotiations with Libya in the years before the Scottish Government decided on compassionate grounds to release from Greenock Prison the only man ever convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, … Continue reading

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