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September 2013

NI High Court Rules It Lawful To Keep Criminal DNA Indefinitely

The High Court has ruled that it is legal for the police to indefinitely retain DNA samples and fingerprints of convicted offenders in Northern Ireland. This test case attempted to establish that indefinite retention breached privacy rights, when Fergus Gaughran challenged the PSNI’s retention of his fingerprints, a photograph and DNA profiles.

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Criminal Law

Twitter Joke Not of ‘Menacing Character’

The High Court has overturned Paul Chambers’ conviction under the Communications Act 2003, s.127 (1) (a) and (3). Paul Chambers was convicted in May 2010 of sending a message of a ‘menacing character’. The 2003 Act prohibits the sending “by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”.

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Criminal Law

First Conviction and Sentence in Northern Ireland for the Offence of Corporate Manslaughter

The Crown Court in this jurisdiction has handed down its first conviction and sentence for the offence of corporate manslaughter.

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Criminal Law

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