News: Metropolitan Police Officer convicted of misconduct over attempted sale of phone hacking information

10 01 2013

April CasburnDetective Chief Inspector April Casburn has been convicted of misconduct in a public office by a jury at Southwark Crown Court after she admitted telephoning the “News of the World” on 11 September 2010, shortly after the phone hacking inquiry was re-opening.  She is the first person to have been prosecuted under Operation Elveden, the investigation into improper police behaviour. Read the rest of this entry »





Case comment: R v Faraz – Terrorist publications and free speech in the Court of Appeal – Edward Craven

10 01 2013

MakhtabIn R v Ahmed Faraz [2012] EWCA Crim 2820 a man dubbed ‘the terrorists’ favourite bookseller’ successfully challenged seven convictions for disseminating ‘terrorist publications’ under s.2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. The Court of Appeal quashed his convictions after ruling the jury had been improperly told that named terrorists possessed identical DVDs and books. At the same time, it held the legislation did not unlawfully encroach on the appellant’s right to free expression. Read the rest of this entry »