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22-year-old man charged with murder of teacher

A 22-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a nursery teacher who was gunned down while celebrating her birthday.

Major Nidal Hasan shot dead 13 comrades at Fort Hood, Texas

Fort Hood killer sentenced to death by military court

Major Nidal Hasan shot 13 people dead in 2009 rampage

Muslim woman loses legal challenge over airport interrogation

Sylvie Beghal was prosecuted after objecting behing questioned under anti-terrorism laws at East Midlands Airport 2011

The actor Steven Berkoff was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after knocking a woman down on New Year's Eve

Bond villain Steven Berkoff fined £400 after running woman over on Oxford Street

Steven Berkoff, a luminary of the British film and theatre scene, best known for playing Bond villain General Orlov in Octopussy, has been fined £400 after knocking a woman over in his car.

Creator of amateur porn company Girls Gone Wild Joe Francis jailed for 270 days for attacking a woman at his LA mansion

Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis has been jailed for 270 days and handed a three year probation for attacking a woman at his Los Angeles mansion.

Christian visits the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in 2002 to inspect the watch Fletcher Christian's mutineers had taken to shore from the 'Bounty' in 1789

Tom Christian: Island leader who connected Pitcairn with the world

Tom Christian had only a volcanic hill two miles long by a mile wide in the middle of an ocean to ride his Honda motorcycle on, but in his veins there coursed a whole history of 200 years of British worldwide power. The energy that built an empire flipped over in his family's case into naval mutiny, but Tom Christian's great-great-great-grandfather Fletcher Christian, leader of the rebels in 1789 on His Majesty's Armed Vessel Bounty, would have recognised his descendant's fearlessly independent cast of mind.

George Zimmerman asks Florida to pay $300,000 of Trayvon Martin case costs

George Zimmerman, the man cleared last month of second-degree murder and manslaughter over the killing of the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, will ask the state of Florida to pay up to $300,000 (£193,000) of his legal expenses, his lawyer said today.

The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, has decided to refer Wilson's sentence to the Court of Appeal

Court to review sentence against paedophile Neil Wilson in 'predatory' girl row

Neil Wilson was allowed to walk free after prosecuting barrister Robert Colover had labelled the young girl 'sexually experienced'

Guidlines on dealing with burkas in court stress that justice must be the paramount concern

Judge refuses to allow defendant to plead while wearing burka

A judge has refused to allow a Muslim woman to enter a plea in court until she removed her burka, claiming he could not confirm the woman’s identity without seeing her face.

Multiple murderer Arthur Hutchinson, who has become the first Briton to challenge his

Triple murderer Arthur Hutchinson mounts in first whole-life tariff appeal

Murderer told he would spend life behind bars has become the first Briton to appeal against tariff in European court

The statue of Justice at The Old Bailey

Businessman Gary Bolton jailed for seven years over fake bomb detectors

The Old Bailey heard that the devices were nothing more than plastic boxes with antennae attached

California court rules prisoners on hunger strike can be force-fed

A judge has ruled that prisoners can be force -fed over concerns that those on hunger strike had been coerced into doing do

The statue of Justice at The Old Bailey

Legal first as court gives go-ahead for sterilisation of disabled man

A High Court judge made legal history yesterday by sanctioning the sterilisation of a man with learning difficulties because it was in his “best interests”.

Jesse Jackson Jr and his wife Sandi arrive in court

Jesse Jackson Jr jailed for stealing campaign funds

Former congressman sentenced to 30 months after spending $750,000 on luxury items

A paedophile who walked free from court has had his sentence increased to 12 months due to a technicality

Paedophile in ‘predatory’ victim row now has sentence increased

A paedophile who walked free from court after his 13-year-old victim was branded “predatory” by a prosecutor has had his sentence increased to 12 months due to a technicality.

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