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Not Guilty! Nine amazing legal defences and unlikely verdicts from history

A review of nine amazing legal defences and unlikely acquittals from history:

New Labour Bills in South Africa attack worker rights and democracy

In South Africa the Minister of Labour announced the state intends to carry out a new round of attacks on workers and their rights. The attacks come in the form of three Labour Bills currently being considered by parliament: the Basic Conditions of Employment Bill, the National Minimum Wage Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. If passed, the changes to the labour laws these bills propose will be a major attack on workers’ rights, won through decades of struggle, and will further deepen and entrench inequality and roll back important democratic gains.

Bloody legislation against the expropriated

Vagrant being punished in Tudor England

Karl Marx's short history of the violent legislation introduced by governments in Europe to force peasants removed from their land into wage labour from the 16th century.

Little girls

An account written in 1895 by Zo d'Axa of the 1891 trial of two teenage anarchist girls, Maria Roda, 15, and Ernesta Quartirola, accused of encouraging attacks on the police during an anarchist demonstration.

Legal action doesn't get the goods

Anti-Uber protest photographed by David Holt

The recent employment tribunal ruling against Uber is not the end of the 'gig-economy' and might not change anything

Revolutionaries Behind Closed Doors

Capitalism intrudes on the daily life of a mental health worker.

La Proceso

Romano de Franz Kafka, la proceso estas pri la luktado de "K" kontraŭ la leĝa sistemo.

Down in the Jungle

DAVID DOWNES is 23 and for the past two years has been doing post-graduate research on juvenile delinquency in East London for the LSE.

Anti State, Anti Capital, Anti Psychiatry

Anti-psychiatry is the belief that the psychiatric system is a system of social control masquerading behind made-up science. The Marxist anti-psychiatry movement failed because of it's overly intellectual focus and the inability of its key thinkers to put theory into practice. However, with mental health very much on the political agenda, there are lessons that can be learned from the work of R D Laing and David Cooper.