That-was-the-week-150x150The Court of Appeal rejected former Met Police commander Ali Dizaei’s appeal against his conviction for misconduct and perverting the course of justice. Dizaei’s legal team had argued that his conviction was unsafe, as evidence had not been allowed that related to the character of the businessman he was found to have framed. He was released following a three-year custodial sentence given in 2010, which was reduced by the 15 months he had already served.

Joshua Rozenberg speculated that the three vacant positions on the Supreme Court bench will be filled by Sir Anthony Hughes and Sir Roger Toulson from the Court of Appeal, and Patrick Hodge from the Court of Session. He also put forward the possibility that the government is delaying the announcement of their appointments to put pressure on the selection panel to reconsider and appoint a female candidate.

Disgraced Tory peer Lord Hanningfield won £3,500 in damages from Essex Police for unlawful arrest after he was detained in 2011 for alleged fraudulent use of a county council credit card. The case was later dropped. Hanningfield said:

“My action was justified. Everything was very heavy-handed.

I would always have co-operated with the police.

“If they asked to talk to me about these so-called county council expenses I would have agreed.”

Babycham, the makers of a sparkling perry drink, brought a High Court claim against kitsch homewear brand Cath Kidston alleging copyright infringement. Babycham’s logo is a deer-like creature with a ribbon tied in a bow around its neck, and Cath Kidston’s Christmas 2012 range featured a similar looking design. Cath Kidston’s spokesperson denied the claim, insisting that although both Babycham’s logo and the deer from its Christmas products were “hoofed ruminants, unaccustomed to wearing ribbons”, there was no confusing similarity between the two.