“One side is lying”

Au Palais de Justice sur Fleet, Deputy High Court Judge Anthony Metzer QC, Court 14, Monday 15 April 2019, 10.30. The case was Baker v Hemming. Unless you live on a desert island, you cannot have failed to spot the multiplicity of court proceedings involving former Exaro accuser Esther Baker, and her erstwhile promoter Graham…

Don’t be a man on Twitter – part 1

R. v. Elliott, 2016 ONCJ 35 is is an interesting case from Canada about a failed harassment prosecution involving Twitter, which attracted considerable interest at the time. The complainants were three women who made allegations against a graphic artist, claiming that his tweets about or to them constituted a crime. The evidence is clear that…

Can you change your mind? – part 1

This afternoon, I take my legal tourists up the corridor to another court, namely the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division (CACD). Various experts have complained about the way this court operates. What are the Court’s powers? It can hear appeals against conviction and against sentence. It can overturn verdicts, where it considers convictions are unsafe….

The Judge in your Bedroom

Much outrage was occasioned by a reported judicial comment about a Court of Protection case which came into the public domain earlier this month, concerning a married couple. The case is being heard by a High Court judge, Mr Justice Hayden, who sits in the Family Division. It concerned a wife with learning difficulties (an…

MODERN GOTHIC

This is a version of a comment piece which I posted on Matthew Scott’s excellent blog on 4 December 2014. Scott had written a comprehensive critique of Exaro, which formed part of a series of blogs about this now defunct “fake news” agency . I almost never comment on others’ blogs, but I made an…

Bollocks! Bollocks! Bollocks!

I was going to write some serious pieces on Those Cases which bloggers have been fervently debating recently, but I chanced across this topic the other day, and thought it was too much fun to miss. The year is 1977 and Virgin Records has just released The Sex Pistols’ only studio album, lovingly entitled Never Mind…

Mothering Sunday

Today is Mother’s Day, and the gossip columnists have been busy documenting a social media disagreement between celebrity mom, the actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and her 14 year old daughter Apple Martin. Both are Instagram users. However, Apple’s account is set to private and has only 1, 218 followers. Paltrow had taken a selfie of the…