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Neither of the former lovers are expected to be in the court in Florence, but if found guilty again, another appeal is bound to follow

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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.

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Two jurors jailed for contempt of court over use of internet during trials

One posted Facebook comments that he wanted to 'F*** up a paedophile' and the other Googled a case

'Substantial' libel damages paid to former boyfriend of sex blogger Belle de Jour

Times Newspapers Ltd accepted allegations of threats by Flight Lieutenant Owen Morris were incorrect

A police officer carries a child survivor who was on the boat full of asylum seekers that capsized off the coast of Sukapura, Indonesia. Nine people died but 189 refugees were rescued

Asylum-seekers 'tortured and raped at Australian detention centre'

Staff at Papua New Guinea facility ‘turned blind eye to abuse’, claims former guard

Premier League launch clampdown on pubs and clubs showing matches

More spot-checks and investigations will take place than before

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.

Leonard Garment: Lawyer who forged an unlikely friendship with President Richard Nixon

Few of Richard Nixon’s senior aides emerged from the Watergate debacle with their reputations intact, but Leonard Garment was one – even though he had served as the president’s top lawyer for 12 months at the very height of the scandal. A greater mystery, at first glance at least, was how he arrived in the White House in the first place.

The father of the two boys, Ilya Neustadt, who is at the centre of the case

Russian court told to act over boys kept by father

A Russian court has been asked to intervene in an international tug-of-love over two boys whose father is keeping them in Russia in breach of an order made by an English judge following a marriage break-up, lawyers say.

The Home Office says the current vetting system is needed to protect children

Dangerous criminals caught trying to get school jobs

Thousands of criminals, including murderers, paedophiles and rapists, have been caught trying to get jobs in Britain’s schools, an investigation by The Independent on Sunday has revealed.

Elected police chiefs 'a law unto themselves'

Elected police leaders can easily sack chief constables and avoid scrutiny for their decisions because of the threat of an embarrassing public row, say MPs.

Judges aren't sure whether Scientology Churches qualify as religious places of worship

Judges stumped over couple’s bid to marry in Church of Scientology

Supreme Court Judges were unable to decide whether services in the Church of Scientology - the cult of choice for Tom Cruise and other Hollywood celebrities - should be considered religious worship.

Pro Choice campaigners cheer outside Leinster House in Dublin after the Irish Parliament passed a bill allowing Abortion in limited circumstances in the early hours of the morning

Ireland passes historic legislation to allow 'life saving' abortions

Days of fierce protests and long Dail debates plagued the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

El Mundo yesterday printed a picture of a ledger purporting to show Mariano Rajoy received €42,000 in 1997

Allegations of slush fund cash payments hit Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was allegedly paid from a slush fund operated by the governing People’s Party (PP) when he was a minister in the 1990s, according to documents published in the newspaper El Mundo. The accusations drew denials from the PP and calls for Mr Rajoy’s resignation, from opposition parties weary of austerity measures and an economy mired in recession.

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

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