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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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

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