Showing posts from August, 2008

You Shop, We Drop..... Our Driver Sues You

From CPD Webinars 26.08.08:A Tesco customer is being pursued for compensation by one of the supermarket chain's home deliverymen months after he slipped on a driveway during a routine drop-off.Paul Singleton used the supermarket's online shopping service for over three years, spending around £250 every few weeks.  But while his groceries were being delivered four months ago, the driver Andrew Britton, 44, mentioned he had slipped on the sloping driveway. Mr Britton then continued unloading items from the van.
Several weeks later a solicitor's letter unexpectedly arrived at Mr Singleton's home informing him he was being sued for compensation because the driver had injured his ankle in a fall on his property.  Mr Singleton said: "I was stunned and felt totally bemused.  My driveway only slopes down by about an inch.
He contacted Tesco and said: "I told them that one of their employees was suing a customer and they just said they couldn't hel…

Down but not out

I've been down in Cornwall for the last fortnight doing a bit of 'freelance' work for my old boss.  In the melee of things going on at the moment, this poor blog hasn't had a look in and, as much as it pains me to admit, don't see that changing anytime soon.  I should be returning home in the next couple of weeks or so and after that, Law Actually will hopefully see some kind of overdue and much needed post.Naturally, I've not been keeping fully abreast of the developments in the blawgosphere recently but trust that everyone is surviving the summer and the fact that the 'season' seems to have passed the UK by completely this year.

Paris for President

See Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad and more funny videos on Love her or loathe her, this one is too much of a corker to overlook.  Responding to the fact that the 'wrinkly white-haired guy' (McCain) used Paris Hilton to prove a point about Barack Obama in the former's Presidential campaign, Paris decided it was time to hit back.  And painting the White House pink?  Yeah, I'm okay with that, Paris.  You go, girl!Great stuff.

Too fat for execution?

From USA Today 05/08/08:COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An inmate scheduled for execution in October says he's so fat that Ohio executioners would have trouble finding his veins and he might not be properly anesthetized.Lawyers for Richard Cooey argue in a federal lawsuit that Cooey had poor veins when he faced execution five years ago and that the problem has been worsened by weight gain.They cite a document filed by a prison nurse in 2003 that said Cooey had sparse veins and that executioners would need extra time."When you start the IV's come 15 minutes early," wrote the nurse who examined Cooey. "I don't have any veins."The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Columbus, also says prison officials have had difficulty drawing blood from Cooey for medical procedures. Cooey is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 267 pounds, according to the lawsuit.Cooey, 41, was sentenced to die for raping and murdering two University of Akron students in 1986. A federal judge…

Needs no explanation....

Found this on Digg earlier:Amen to that!

McKinnon loses appeal

From 30.07.08:NASA hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US. Five Law Lords have unanimously rejected his argument that plea bargaining by US prosecutors undermined his human rightsUS prosecutors are seeking his extradition. McKinnon has opposed the move and appealed it through the courts, eventually reaching the UK's highest court, the House of Lords.McKinnon claimed that he was told that he would serve a three to four year sentence with less than a year in a low security US jail before being allowed to serve the remainder in the UK if he pleaded guilty and did not oppose extradition.If he opposed extradition and did not plead guilty he would receive a sentence of eight to ten years at a high security US jail with no repatriation, he was told.McKinnon's legal team argued that the size of the disparity between these two sentences put McKinnon under such pressure to plead guilty that it interfered with his human rights, and put him unde…