UK to undertake review of murder laws Chris Buell at 10:58 AM ET
[JURIST] UK Home Secretary David Blunkett has said that a review of the country's murder laws will begin next year, after a report by the Law Commission concluded that the laws were "a mess." Blunkett made the announcement Tuesday during debate in the House of Commons on the Domestic Crimes, Violence and Victims Bill. The Law Commission undertook a review of the provocation defense to murder, but it concluded that a far wider review of the laws was necessary. Under current law, murder convictions result in mandatory life sentences, but the commission recommended placing murder charges on a scale to allow more flexibility in sentencing. Read the commission report [PDF]. The Home Office has this press release. BBC News has more.
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