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PSA v NMC

Apr 15, 2015 | In And Around The Courts

Justice Andrews has found that the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council imposed inappropriate conditions of practice on a registrant, failing to take critical factors into account when determining sanctions. The registrant witnessed a nurse in a psychiatric ward goad and assault a patient, but failed to disclose these facts for three months during the hospital’s investigation of the patient’s subsequent assault on the nurse.

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Stevens v Rite Aid: 2.6mil awarded to pharmacist

Apr 15, 2015 | In And Around The Courts

A jury has awarded a pharmacist fired by the Rite Aid chain 2.6 million USD after he was fired for refusing to attend mandatory immunization training. The pharmacist had a needle phobia, which Rite Aid contended was not a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or New York State’s Human Right’s Act. The jury did not agree.

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Shark! Shark!

Apr 10, 2015 | In And Around The Courts

In 1935, a newly-captured shark in the Coogee Aquarium coughed up a human arm, later identified by its tattoos as that of James Smith. Patrick Brady was charged with Smith’s murder, but was later released when Justice Jordan determined that any conviction based upon the available evidence could not be allowed to stand should the matter be sent to trial.

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Dead man talking

Apr 10, 2015 | In And Around The Courts

The DNA of a long-dead man was found on a murder victim’s clothing. Now Italian magistrates are working through the complex DNA trail that led from the dead man’s DNA, matched from his saliva on the back of a postage stamp, to a living murder suspect. But without a motive, is there evidence enough?

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Coroner’s opinion not supported by Magistrate

Apr 5, 2015 | In And Around The Courts

In 2012 NSW Coroner Mary Jerram described a police team’s actions which led to the death of Brazilian student Roberto Curti as “reckless and excessive”. She referred the matter to the public prosecutor. In the recently concluded trial, Magistrate Clare Farnan found only one of the police officers guilty, but decided not to record a criminal conviction against him. The outcome has provoked diplomatic protest from the Brazilian Government.

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