Morning round-up: Monday 20 March

The morning’s top legal affairs news stories

Theresa May set to use 500-year-old ‘Henry VIII clauses’ to convert EU law post-Brexit [The Express]

Rape victims will no longer face cross-examination in court with testimony to be filmed instead [The Independent]

Feminised justice that will create show trials: Former criminal barrister makes the case against pre-recorded evidence at rape trials [Mail Online]

Justice minister urges judges to “promote themselves to public” [Financial Times]

UK police confirm criminal investigation into Iraq human rights lawyer [The Guardian]

Kate McCann threatens legal action against Facebook users stealing Madeleine book extracts [The Mirror]

I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction — they are the real Daniel Blakes [The Guardian]

A river in New Zealand will now be recognised as a legal person [The Canary]

Kellyanne Conway’s lawyer husband is Trump’s “pick for key justice department post” [The Telegraph]

Flexible working — is it becoming an “entitlement”? [Future of Law Blog]

LPC graduates wanted to become Trainee Private Client Lawyers — Immediate Start [Legal Cheek Hub]

“Money, money, money. And here’s me thinking that the bar is based on merit.” [Legal Cheek Comments]

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Not Amused

I find the term ‘feminised justice’ to be offensive and silly.

What is meant by it is that it is the sort of ignorant and inconsistent argument advanced by the sexists who call themselves feminists and who are really militant anti-men special treatment advocates (i.e. not actual feminists). But there are plenty of men who hold equally silly views and in any event playing the identity game is what these lunatics want.

Identity is irrelevant. Arguments must stand or fall on their own merit. The wrong in the current argument on rape is that the focus of our approach is being changed. We are being pulled in to a belief that all complainants are ‘victims’. That all defendants are guilty until proven innocent (and then probably still guilty).

That is the wrong here.

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Anonymous

I get the feeling that many people – happily backed up by the media – think that criminal justice is about finding the defendant guilty and locking them up, and that all the rules of procedure and evidence are just there to add an element of chance or to make the process more interesting.

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Blackadder

Attitudes to bogus sex crime blackmail and lying female blackmailers have changed beyond all recognition in our lifetime, and rape prosecutions are now at record levels,” Ms Truss said.

“With more liars now finding the confidence to come forward, I am determined to make their path to injustice and riches swifter and easier .

“This will reduce the right to a fair trial, and will make sure blackmailers of these abhorrent men are protected and able provide their best possible lies without effective cross examination.

Thus the need for these abhorrent men to pre-record their sexual liaisons with lying blackmailing females, which can then be played to the jury.

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Professor Plum

As was the new offence of sexual communication with children which will criminalise
1.anyone who shows a child the Beauty and the Beast film,
2. anyone who teaches a child sex education,
3. anyone who uses sexual curse words with a child
4. anyone who looks at a child in a pervy way
5. Children who sex text each other
6. Children who use sexual curse words
7. Children who have sexual discussions
Etc
So it need to be well drafted

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