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Whitely V Chappell (1868)
Deffendant charged under a section making it an offence to 'impersonate any person entitled to vote' Deffendant impersonated someone who had died. Deffendant found not guilty since a dead person is not entitled to vote.
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London & North Eastern Railway Co. V Berriman (1946)
Railway worker was was killed whilst doing maintinance work, there had been no look out man provided. Under the Fatal Accidents Act a look out should be provided for 'relaying or repairing' since it was neither Berriman's claim faild.
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Adler V George (1964)
Official Secrets Act 1920 makes it an offence to obstruct Her Majesty's Forces 'in the vicinity' of a prohibited place. The deffendant was IN the prohibited place so cannot be found guilty of being in the the prohibited place.
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Re Sigsworth (1935)
The son had murdured his mother, her estate should have been inherited by her son. There was no ambiguity in the words of of the Act however the state were not prpared to allow him to benefit from his crime.
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Smith V Hughes (1960)
The Act aimed to 'clean up the streets' One had been on a balcony, the others in the window of a ground floor room. They argued that they were not litterally on a street or a public place. Found guiltyas people were being molested in the streets.
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Royal College of Nursing V DHSS (1981)
The Abortion Act 1967 provided that a pregnancy shoud be 'terminated by a registered medical practitioner' however parts of the procedure were carried out by nurses with no doctors present. The courts decided that the abortions were legal.
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R V Registrar-General, ex parte Smith (1990)
Smith applied to recieve his birth certificate, it had been done in the correct mannor however Smith had been convicted of two murders who he believed to be his birth mother. If smith were to recieve the information the courts would promote crime.
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Railway worker was was killed whilst doing maintinance work, there had been no look out man provided. Under the Fatal Accidents Act a look out should be provided for 'relaying or repairing' since it was neither Berriman's claim faild.

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London & North Eastern Railway Co. V Berriman (1946)

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Official Secrets Act 1920 makes it an offence to obstruct Her Majesty's Forces 'in the vicinity' of a prohibited place. The deffendant was IN the prohibited place so cannot be found guilty of being in the the prohibited place.

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The son had murdured his mother, her estate should have been inherited by her son. There was no ambiguity in the words of of the Act however the state were not prpared to allow him to benefit from his crime.

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The Act aimed to 'clean up the streets' One had been on a balcony, the others in the window of a ground floor room. They argued that they were not litterally on a street or a public place. Found guiltyas people were being molested in the streets.

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