Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump’s New Series Evidence of Innocence Now Airing On TV One @tvonetv @BenCrumpLaw @FSUCollegeofLaw @AttorneyCrump

Via the National Law Journal: Noted civil right attorney Ben Crump is launching Evidence of Innocence, a new television show devoted to exploring the stories of the wrongly convicted. In an interview with Angela Morris of the NLJ, he explained, One thing we are trying to do with the show is affect the hearts and minds of prospective future jurors who will be sitting in court passing judgment. The message is simple: Don’t take what the police and prosecutors say, their narrative, as the gospel and disbelieve the poor people of…

Liu Song’s Theory of Adjudication

Norman Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law, is publishing Chinese Legal Thought in the Han-Tang Transition: Liu Song’s (D. 300) Theory of Adjudication in volume 35 of the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (2018). Here is the abstract. This article explores and analyzes the fourth century Chinese legal official and legal scholar Liu Song’s (d. 300) theory of adjudication through a full translation into English (the first translation of its kind) of his famous “Memorial on Adjudication,” which urged judicial and legal reforms during the reign of Emperor Hui…

Strang on An Evaluation of Historical Evidence for Constitutional Construction From the First Congress’s Debate Over the Constitutionality of the First Bank of the United States

Lee J. Strang, University of Toledo College of Law, has published An Evaluation of Historical Evidence for Constitutional Construction From the First Congress’ Debate Over the Constitutionality of the First Bank of the United States at 14 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 193 (2018). Here is the abstract. In this Essay, I review a modest selection of important evidence from the early Republic, the debate over the constitutionality of the First Bank of the United States in the First Congress, to evaluate whether, to what extent, and how Americans…

Platform announce cuts on two and five-year fixes

Platform has announced that it has lowered rates across all mainstream two and five-year fixed rate products at 60-90% LTV (with fees) for new and switching customers. According to the lender, five-year fixed rates now start at 1.94% up to 75% LTV, 2.09% at 80% LTV, and 2.34% up to 90% LTV, all with a £1,499 fee. Additionally, all mainstream two-year and five-year fixed rate fee-saver mortgages at 90% LTV are being reduced by up to 0.15 percentage points. Two-year fixed rates…

Passing the buck with Right to Rent

The government’s controversial scheme which puts responsibility for checking the immigration status of tenants on landlords has been in the news again this week. According to reports, MPs from all parties, immigration lawyers and, of course, landlords are concerned about the Right to Rent scheme, calling the initiative racist and claiming it risks putting people at risk of exploitation. Furthermore, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has now launched a legal challenge at the High Court and says making landlords…

Kier and Homes England join forces

Kier Living, Homes England and Cross Keys Homes have announced a ten year joint venture aiming to deliver up to 5,400 new homes in “areas of the country with the greatest need”. The joint venture will deliver mixed tenure housing in key locations across England. The partnership has announced its first four sites: The Laurels in Tipton; Meadowbank, Newcastle-under-Lyme; The Orchards in Rushwick and Chelmsley Lane, Marston Green. The partnership said that its pipeline for additional sites was designed to expand to 18…

Rented second homes at highest number on record

The Hamptons International Lettings Index has revealed that the number of properties rented as second homes in Great Britain has been steadily rising for the last decade and reached 13,680 in 2017 – 136% more than in 2007 when there were just 5,800. According to the figures released, the average rent of a second home reached £1,060 pcm in Great Britain last year. This is 24% more than the average rent of a primary home in Great Britain. In London this rises to £2,030…

Every Lidl helps: Budget supermarkets drive up house prices

We may have known about the Waitrose effect for some time, but the latest research from Lloyds Bank has shown that even living near a budget supermarket can push up your property’s value considerably. Lloyds revealed that having a premium brand on your doorstep means buyers typically need to pay top prices. Homes in areas with a Waitrose, Marks & Spencer or Sainsbury’s are most likely to command a higher house price premium when compared to the wider town average. The “Waitrose effect”…

‘Broken’ housing market sees 7.5 million locked out of homeownership

The latest data and analysis from the HomeOwners Alliance and BLP Insurance has revealed that the UK’s housing market is broken at every level. According to the report, everyone from first timer buyers, second-steppers to downsizers are struggling. A survey polling over 2000 UK adults online found millions of UK adults are failing to realise their dream of homeownership or are stuck in houses that are unsuitable for their needs as a result of affordability issues and lack of properties. The study…