THE brother-in-law of midwife Samantha Eastwood, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave eight days after she went missing, has pleaded guilty to her murder. Michael Stirling wept in the dock after admitting he killed Samantha. Who is Michael Stirling and how did he know the midwife? Michael Stirling is a fencing worker from Stoke-on-Trent. The 32-year-old is the brother-in-law of Samantha Eastwood's ex-fiance, John Peake. Stirling is married to Katie Stirling, John Peake's sister, who is also 32. The couple lived in Northwood less than a mile away from Michael's parents, Stephen and Carol. A source described Stirling as a "real outdoorsy type of man" who would "often go camping with his family". When was he charged with Samantha Eastwood's murder? Stirling was charged with the murder of Samantha Eastwood on Sunday, August 5. He was arrested along with his innocent father Stephen, 60, and an unnamed 28-year-old who were quizzed for possibly assisting an offender. In August, … [Read more...] about Who is Michael Stirling? Brother-in-law of Samantha Eastwood’s ex-fiance who pleaded guilty to her murder
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By Keri Blakinger Published 4:14 pm CST, Thursday, November 22, 2018 This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Jeffrey Wood. A Republican lawmaker in Texas says a bipartisan group of legislators will take the highly unusual step of urging the state to halt the execution of Wood, who didn't pull the trigger during a fatal 1996 robbery. Wood is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday. He was convicted under a Texas law that makes a participant in a capital murder crime equally culpable, even though it was Wood's friend who shot a store clerk. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP) less This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Jeffrey Wood. A Republican lawmaker in Texas says a bipartisan group of legislators will take the highly unusual ... more Photo: HOGP … [Read more...] about Court rejects appeal from Texas inmate sentenced to die in high-profile ‘law of parties’ case
Regulations to impart legal education in India were framed way back with the enactment of Advocates Act, 1961. These regulations, however, are proving to be insufficient in contemporary times with social structure undergoing a drastic change and population being on a rise. It is only through law education that a student can pass five-year bachelor's degree, LLB, to get designated as 'lawyer' and is allowed to practice. The UGC also offers one-year LLM course. Senior lawyers and judges blame the quality of Law education in India, which is largely theoretical. All through the five years, a law student is never exposed to courtroom proceedings. The syllabus consists of bookish knowledge and most students remain unaware of the environment of the courtroom. "Keeping pace with the changing scenario is a must. Indian legal education system needs to undergo changes and syllabus needs to imbibe robustness in order to deliver proper legal solutions," said Ansh Bhargava, director, Taxmann. … [Read more...] about What are the missing links in Law education and why it needs to be addressed ASAP
Just three days after winning their party’s nomination for governor in the Aug. 14 primary, Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson were squaring off for not just one, but two debates. The major party gubernatorial candidates debated policy in Nisswa on Friday morning at an event sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. Friday evening, the two candidates appeared on Twin Cities Public Television’s local public affairs show Almanac. A third debate is scheduled for Saturday at Game Fair, a sports and outdoors show, in Ramsey. The quick pivot to the November election suggests voters will have plenty of chances to learn the differences between Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, and Walz, a Mankato congressman. Friday evening’s conversation was congenial with both candidates touting how they liked each other and got along well despite their political differences. They both also took every … [Read more...] about After primary wins, Walz and Johnson square off in series of debates
William Wan, The Washington Post Published 8:43 am PDT, Monday, August 13, 2018 What is about money that makes people do bad things? It seems a fair question when the news is dominated by misdeeds of the rich and powerful. The Paul Manafort trial, now entering its third week, has revealed details of his alleged crimes: defrauding banks out of tens of millions of dollars, evading taxes by stashing huge sums in offshore accounts and using riches earned through unregistered work for foreign governments to buy $15,000 ostrich and python jackets. Manafort's deputy Rick Gates testified about the small fortune he embezzled and spent on his globe-trotting infidelities. Also last week, Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., was charged with insider trading. Scandals have shown Trump's Cabinet members flouting government rules and ethics for private jet rides, $31,000 dining table sets, $43,000 soundproof booths and questionable business trips abroad. "To researchers who study wealth and … [Read more...] about Are rich people more likely to lie, cheat, steal? Science explains the world of Manafort and Gates.