Should the law try and correct society's prejudices?

While the 2010 Equality Act seems to be discouraging prejudice, it has also come under attack for limiting freedom

Family 'devastated' as court orders life saving treatment is to be withheld if the condition of their severely ill father deteriorates significantly

A family who had been fighting a hospital order not to resuscitate their severely ill father said they were devastated today when a court found that it was in his best interests to withhold life saving treatment if his condition deteriorated significantly.

Jailing the man who accidentally sent a sexy message to all his contacts was ridiculous

The man who sent his entire phonebook - including two young girls - a sexy text did not deserve to go to jail. That he served time at all undermines the legal system.

Laura Davis: A momentary slip was not abuse. It was careless

A man who sent a sexy text message to a lover was jailed for 18 months in July. Must've been one hell of a saucy message, right?

Nina Lakhani: Tony Nicklinson wanted to die, but he also wanted to leave a legacy in law

Within a few months of his stroke, Tony Nicklinson talked of wanting to die. His family knew locked-in life would never be enough

Court rules Desperate Housewives' star not wrongfully sacked

Nicollette Sheridan was not wrongfully sacked from TV's Desperate Housewives, a US appeals court has ruled.

B&B owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull: 'penalised for their beliefs'

B&B owners take gay ban to supreme court

The Christian owners of a Cornish guesthouse – who refused to allow a gay couple to stay in a double-bedded room – have won permission to take their case to the Supreme Court.

Villagers lose St Dennis waste plant battle

Work is due to resume on a multimillion-pound incinerator in the heart of the countryside after a legal bid to halt its construction was thrown out.

Damages winners to receive bigger payouts

People who launch successful claims for damages in the civil courts are to get higher damages from next year, the most senior judges in the country announced today.

Police commandos outside the scene of the siege in Karlsruhe

Gunman kills four and himself in Karlsruhe siege

A man facing forcible eviction from his home took four people hostage and shot them dead before turning his gun on himself yesterday after he barricaded himself inside his apartment in the German city of Karlsruhe during a police siege of the building.

Ali Dizaei can challenge conviction

Controversial police chief Ali Dizaei has been given the go-ahead to challenge his conviction for misconduct and perverting the course of justice.

Activists win right to appeal over undercover police operation

Fears over convictions after CPS inquiry finds lawyer may have withheld information

Britain's has not done enough to secure release of Pakistani man in US military custody, say lawyers

Lawyers representing a Pakistani man who was captured by British special forces and transferred into American custody where he has spent eight years in jail without charge argued in court today that the government's attempt's to secure his release have been "woefully inadequate".

Insurer loses Supreme Court appeal over fraudulent injuries claim

Insurers have lost a Supreme Court appeal to overturn a damages payout to a man who fraudulently exaggerated his personal injuries claim.

UK ready to take on Israel over fate of children clapped in irons

Report funded by Foreign Office details claims of routine abuse for Palestinian youths

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform