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The top legal affairs news stories from the long weekend

Scotland’s first minister defends Hate Crime Act amid barrage of criticism [The Guardian]

JK Rowling challenges police: Arrest me under Scottish hate crime law [The Times] (£)

Sunak backs JK Rowling in trans arrest row with Scottish police [Telegraph]

Cannabis decriminalised in Germany but rulebook causes confusion [The Times] (£)

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XL Bully owner, 40, becomes UK’s first known prosecution for breaching the new dangerous dog ban after police discover animal ‘who would attack anyone who approached it’ in his back yard [Daily Mail]

Holyrood inquiry backs scrapping ‘not-proven’ court verdicts [Telegraph] (£)

Alex Murdaugh is sentenced to 40 years in prison for stealing money from law firm on top of life sentence he is already serving for murders of wife and son [Daily Mail]

US-funded Radio Free Asia shuts down in Hong Kong over safety concerns [The Guardian]

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