A Legal View of the 22nd of July

By sizemore Last edited 162 months ago
A Legal View of the 22nd of July

Yesterday we had quite a discussion in the comments sections of a couple of posts concerning the police action that resulted in the death of Jean Charles de Menezes (whose body was flown home earlier today).

One of the participants in yesterday's discussion pointed us in the direction of an article by John Gardner, a Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, and occasional Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. In it Professor Gardner points out some of the legal ramifications of the shooting which is handy as none of those involved in yesterday's discussion (to our knowledge) had the kind of legal training to talk in depth about just how the actions of the police involved and the arguments stemming from them would cope under legal scrutiny. He goes on to voice concerns about new legislation.

It's because of our own similar concerns that we believe it necessary to continue to voice reaction, ask questions and encourage more debate whenever possible.

It's an interesting and thought provoking piece so we pass the link on for you to read.

A vigil to mark one week since Mr Menezes's death will take place at 5.30pm on Friday in Parliament Square while an inter-religious faith service will be held at Westminster Cathedral to coincide with his funeral in Brazil.

Thanks to Boag for the link.

Last Updated 28 July 2005