It may be open and shut in the legal sense, but is not open and shut in the moral and ethical sense. The test maybe the law, but the proving ground is the battlefield. Now before you start getting all excited into thinking I am about to justify murder, wait one second and consider if you will some social mitigation.
This week Theresa May was forced to come to the Commons and tell MPs that suspected terrorist Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed had absconded from his TPIM order, his whereabouts now unknown. When asked any questions about this though it is not answers the Home Secretary provides but many many more questions get raised.
Most of us do the right thing, most of the time. People like Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed need to be put back under a Control Order so tight it chafes. Most of all they need to sit down, shut up and behave.
Confidentiality is incredibly important in this area of healthcare. The law governing abortion is extremely tight in Northern Ireland, and very few women meet the legal requirements for termination which is why many women have to travel to other parts of the UK.
Violence and the threat of violence is a grim reality for many of most marginalised young people in Britain and the Evening Standard deserves credit for demanding answers from the government. But are 'gangs' and 'gang culture' really the best way of understanding youth violence?
Under pressure of budget cuts and economies of scale, prisons are getting fewer and larger, with a drive to close small community and open prisons, build larger jails and add additional capacity to existing establishments. Since 2010 there have been 13 prison closures and a further six still to come.
When you're dealing with victims of crime it can sometimes be what you don't know that's most disturbing. How many more of them are out there? What are the signs that we missed? Are we spotting others before it's too late? Nobody could have failed to be affected by the harrowing story of a 10-year-old girl trafficked from her home in Pakistan to Manchester.
Pavlo Lapshyn committed acts of terror and carried out 'terror offences'. He is cold, calculating and extremely dangerous. Yet, according to most media, he is not a terrorist.
By introducing a code, rather than a law as Labour propose, this Tory-led government is demonstrating just how out of touch they are with the reality of the criminal justice system, and the needs of victims... Without statutory underpinning, the only message this latest announcement sends to victims is: this government is not on your side.
What on earth were the Federation representatives thinking in going to a meeting with Andrew Mitchell? They were not negotiating over Police pay and conditions - which is their job - they were dabbling in media politics and it does not look like they did a good job of it. Police should stick to investigating crimes and should stay out of politics if they want to retain public support.
Time delays may mean memory for faces is more of a whole impression than an analysis of individual features. The issuing of a computerised image could be a flawed approach. But another problem is not just the time delay in the Madeleine McCann case but the very way the media has reported the crime could have damaged the possibility of correct identification.
A year ago this week two of my Tooting constituents, Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, were extradited to the USA on terror charges. Both men are British citizens who had been held in British prisons prior to their extradition. Yet, despite facing very serious allegations, they have never formally been charged with any offences in this country.
If we say that killing people is wrong - and I think few would argue otherwise - it is no less wrong for the State to kill than for an individual to do so. The death penalty damages all those caught up in its barbarism - those killed and those people doing the killing at the government's behest.
The drain on our NHS resources for dealing with inebriated people exceeds £2.7billion every year. Why should our doctors and nurses have to deal with aggressive or paralytic drunks night after night, when their skills should be utilized for patients who genuinely need their care? Why should our police have to undertake double shifts to watch over drunks for 24 hours in a cell?
The Sun newspaper showed no signs of changing its relentless ignorance this week as it stormed straight into the spotlight just a few days before Worl...
If we genuinely believe Tommy the EDL could become even worse - the question is will it disband into it's component parts or become more potent on the streets. It would benefit all to think we can now concentrate more on radicalisation to extreme Islamism, combating militant Islamism and Islamist ideology.