A middle-aged Wiganer who taped knives to his hands and prowled the streets has walked free from court. Derek Cooper, of Gidlow Lane, pleaded guilty to possession of bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon following a disturbing incident at the beginning of the year. The 49-year-old was spotted by his ex-partner, who was socialising with friends in a town bar when he walked past the window. According prosecutors, Cooper had been involved in a prior “domestic” incident towards his former partner - which resulted in the breakdown of their relationship.“The victim was out and about in Wigan when she saw the defendant walking past the window,” said a CPS spokewoman. “He saw her through the window and gestured for her to come outside. She refused, it was then that he revealed the knives sellotaped to his hands.” Terrified, the woman - who remains anonymous, told staff at the establishment who immediately contacted police. She later … [Read more...] about Wigan man who taped knives to his hands and prowled streets walks free from court
The following are the latest results contributed by HM Courts Service, for cases sentenced by West Sussex Magistrates’ Court sitting at Worthing from December 6 to 11, 2018. Pawel Trojanowski, 31, of Princess Avenue, Bognor Regis, was given a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with four-week curfew, electronically monitored, from 9pm to 6am daily, and Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, after admitting drink-driving (80mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath) in Clifton Road, Bognor Regis, on November 21, 2018; and driving while disqualified in Clifton Road, Bognor Regis, on November 21, 2018. He must pay £115 victim surcharge, £85 costs, and was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He also admitted driving without insurance, no separate penalty. Julian Amyes, 53, c/o Claremont Court, Kings Avenue, Chichester, was fined £80 and must pay £30 victim surcharge, £85 costs, after admitting breaking a window, causing £100 worth of damage, … [Read more...] about HM Courts Service: Results list for December 6 to 11, 2018
Michael S. Schmidt New York Times News Service, December 15, 2018 WASHINGTON — For the past several months, journalists, legal experts and close followers of the special counsel’s investigation have been trying to uncover one particular secret about the inquiry: Is the special counsel, Robert Mueller, in a closed-door legal battle? If so, with whom? In October, Politico reported that Mueller appeared to be in a secret fight with a witness who was refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. A CNN journalist reported seeing two of Mueller’s top prosecutors enter a courtroom in September to argue against lawyers for an unnamed client before a judge who deals with grand jury matters. A confidential hearing in the dispute was held Friday at the federal courthouse in Washington. One floor of the building was closed to protect the identities of the lawyers involved. But that failed to deter roughly a … [Read more...] about The special counsel is fighting a witness in court. Who is it?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jonathan Gruber December 15, 2018 Late on Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of a lawsuit arguing that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, was unconstitutional. The theory of this case was that the individual mandate acts an “unseverable” part of the ACA, and so when Republicans repealed the individual mandate penalty as part of their tax cuts in late 2017, it rendered the entire ACA moot.This argument on the face of it may seem to have merit. When the law was passed, the mandate was indeed viewed as central to the ACA by myself and other architects of the sweeping legislation. We described the ACA as a “three- legged stool,” which struck down costly discrimination by health insurers in return for ensuring everyone that participated in the insurance market through a mandate. Compulsory coverage makes the benefit more affordable … [Read more...] about Texas court strikes down Affordable Care Act, putting the health of Americans and our democracy at risk
In a joint statement issued at their fifth conference of border provinces’ courts which took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodian on December 14-15, they were unanimous that in the context of more complicated and unpredictable global developments such as terrorism and territorial disputes, cooperation among the three supreme courts and courts in the border localities has had an increasing role in maintaining regional security and stability. Since the ASEAN Economic Community was set up, trade and investment among the three countries have been thriving. However, it has triggered several formidable challenges, including rising level of complexity and severity in criminal cases, and international trade conflicts. Thus, it needs strong bonds among the three judicial bodies and the establishment of a coordinating board to address criminal cases, cross-border disputes in civil affairs and trade will have positive impact on the global integration process in each country. The three supreme … [Read more...] about Supreme courts of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia bolster cooperation