Dressing for the dock: the psychology of courtroom style

Anna Sorokins demure designer wardrobe, Felicity Huffmans sensible cardigan, Harvey Weinsteins loose button it is impossible to separate clothing from court optics Scammer, con artist, grifter. All words used to describe Anna Sorokin, the fake heiress sentenced to four to 12 years imprisonment for swindling more than $200,000, although style icon is the label that has endured, at least in fashion circles. Since attending trial at Manhattan state court wearing her oversized Celine spectacles, black choker, and a roll call of womenswear by Saint Laurent, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Chloe, Sorokins demure wardrobe has been more talked about than her crimes. This was intentional. Sorokins lawyer raised concerns over the Rikers prison-issued uniform and enlisted the help of Anastasia …

Kim Kardashians budding law career takes celebrity hubris to a whole new level | Hadley Freeman

A-listers have a habit of thinking they are gifted at everything and not always to other peoples benefit I recently met a well-known actor at a party, and we talked, as one often does with successful actors, about his work. Eventually he asked me what I did, so I told him. Journalist, eh? Ive always thought Id be rather good at that, he replied. And maybe he would be because, lets be honest, the kind of journalism I do is not brain surgery. But even if it were, he probably would have made a similar response: Brain surgeon, huh? I fancy Id be a dab hand at that. I have great admiration for people who make sharp left turns in …

Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU

Kingdoms mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal code Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation. But in the letter, the kingdom claimed the outcry is due to a misconception that it wanted to clarify. The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage to individual Muslims, particularly women, it said. The penal sentences of hadd stoning to death and amputation imposed for offences of theft, robbery, adultery and sodomy, have extremely high …

Plagiarism, book-stuffing, clickfarms … the rotten side of self-publishing

Scams are rife, particularly when some authors can rake in thousands each month but high-profile victims of plagiarism warn day of reckoning is coming NSerruyas alleged plagiarism was first exposed by US author Courtney Milan, who found passages from her book The Duchess War in Serruyas novel Royal Love. After Milan went public and after highlighted by authors and readers Serruya pulled her books from sale, blaming the overlaps on a ghostwriter she said shed hired from freelance marketplace Fiverr. A former law professor, Milan was a dreadful choice to lift from as was Roberts, who has never been sanguine about plagiarism, taking her fellow novelist and former friend Janet Dailey to court in 1997. But Serruya is just one …

Poetic justice: how Jay-Z became a civil rights champion

The rapper has involved himself, and his legal team, in a string of legal cases involving black men mistreated by law enforcement On an early Monday morning in February, 11-year-old Jabari Talbot, who is African American, decided not to stand for the pledge of allegiance in his classroom at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. Another classmate, who is not African American, joined him, a civil rights complaint obtained by the Guardian claims, but the child was not questioned by the substitute teacher. Equality in this country is not fair … black people are not treated fairly, he answered the teacher when asked why he would not stand, adding, [and] police dont treat black people fairly. Within minutes, as if to prove …