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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

UK; Law Lord Criticizes Politicization of Crime


The government should not blame judges for the effects of their own "half-baked" legislation, one of Britain's law lords said last night.

Lord Steyn said there had been a flood of legislation about crime over the past 20 years, making the issue a "political football" – often to little effect.

The judge also condemned military action in Iraq, saying the government had been "driven to scrape the bottom of the legal barrel" to find justification for it.

Lord Steyn was speaking at a meeting of human rights group Justice, of which he has recently been appointed chairman of the council, and used the opportunity to respond to Tony Blair's increasing vocal concerns about the court system.
Story here. [Jack Chin]

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