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Comment: Case for assisted dying is overwhelming

Barring a decision by the Supreme Court, judges have made it clear that is up to politicians to act to change the law in support of the principle of assisted dying. The case for them to do so is overwhelming.

Tchenguiz brothers plan £2.5bn legal action over arrests by SFO

Property tycoons to seek damages after judge orders release of papers

Sperm donor ordered to pay maintenance for child after judge rules he is the father

A professional man registered as a sperm donor on a website and advertised his willingness to participate in a "breeding party, ie a male-dominated orgy designed to get a woman pregnant", a High Court judge said today.

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence

The energy services firm agrees to pay fine and $55m donation to wildlife charity

Bradley Manning is led by a military police officer as he arrives for trial at Fort Meade

Bradley Manning trial: Wikileaks whistleblower is a 'gleeful, grinning' traitor, says prosecutor

The judge in the case is due to issue verdicts within days

Teenager who killed policeman with one punch detained for three and a half years

PC Chris Findley was walking home after a night out when he was knocked down in 'unprovoked attack'

Artist's impression of HS2, which is struggling with costs 13 years before it is due to carry its first passengers

HS2 campaigners defiant despite Court of Appeal defeat

15 councils among objectors who asked judges to order further assessment of whole scheme

One of the former jurors is accused on commenting about the case they were trying on Facebook

Juror who posted paedophile trial on Facebook denies contempt of court

The modern-day perils of using the internet while serving on a jury were all too evident today as two former jurors were brought before the High Court.

Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse before a court martial hearing

Judge refuses motion to drop Bradley Manning 'aiding enemy' charges

US government says they have evidence Osama bin Laden obtained leaked documents

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny stands inside a courtroom in Kirov

Anger grows after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is jailed

Activist conviction for corruption has been condemned by the EU and the US

Plans to appeal: Beatrice Munyenyezi

US citizen Beatrice Munyenyezi jailed for role in Rwandan genocide

A US citizen has been sentenced to a decade behind bars for lying about her role in the genocide that killed more than 500,000 people in her native Rwanda.

Prince Charles' letters to stay secret, but judge condemns ministerial veto

The Attorney General Dominic Grieve blocked the publication of letters from the Prince of Wales to MPs

Judges uphold block on Prince Charles letters to Government ministers

Three High Court judges have refused to overturn a decision blocking the disclosure of correspondence written by the Prince of Wales to Government ministers, as they believe it could undermine his ability to fulfil his duties as King.

Barry George was wrongly convicted of murdering newsreader Jill Dando in 2001

'Not innocent enough to be compensated': Barry George loses legal battle for compensation over wrongful conviction for Jill Dando's murder

53-year-old was acquitted of killing the 37-year-old BBC presenter at a retrial in August 2008

Bradley Manning arrives for the start of the sixth week of his court martial trial at Fort Meade

Bradley Manning lawyers open defence in Wikileaks court martial in Maryland

Lawyers for Pfc Bradley Manning, who gave classified information to WikiLeaks, have opened their defence at his court martial in Maryland.

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