The Prosecution’s Right of Appeal: Lessons from Other Jurisdictions

Most modern legal systems have significantly limited the prosecution’s right of appeal. This is because of the long held double jeopardy rule that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges following a legitimate acquittal of conviction. This rule has been a central principle of legal systems and until quite recently, could not be abrogated.

However, modern reforms in the Commonwealth have given the prosecution a right of appeal, albeit a very limited one.

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Bribery in the Jury System

On September 30, 2011, Adidja Palmer, popularly known by his stage name Adidja Palmer, started his trial after nearly three years for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. His trial began November 20, 2013 and continued through to March 13, 2014 where he was found guilty. The jury 10-1 verdict shocked many of his fans, especially the ones who went to the hearing of the verdict. Later, other news took the nation and court by surprised; one of the jurors was bribed.

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Scotland Seeks Its independence… Crimea Should Too!

Crimea and Scotland Referendum

 

As the battle comes to an end between Ukraine and Russia, and Russian President Putin makes every effort to ratify its treaties, what’s next for Crimea? President Putin has shown the world that he is not to be contested as he has not backed down, despite requests from the international community. What is he trying to prove? It is still possible in this day and age for Crimea like Scotland to gain its independence, from both Ukraine and Russia?

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Is Compensation Even Possible?

On March 8, 2014, Malaysian Airline Flight 370 went missing. The flightier jet carrying 239 passengers and crew turned from its Beijing trajectory and disappeared. Despite (or possibly because of) the wide area searched, the attempts of teams of expert searchers to even locate debris of the missing plane have been futile.

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