The Guardian recently ran an outstanding investigative piece on one of Germany's most notorious post-war crimes, the abduction and killing of the "girl in the box", Ursula Herrmann. Herrmann was abducted on 15 September 1981 while riding her bike in a prosperous lakeside town near Munich. Her kidnappers contact the parents asking for ransom, but… Continue reading German Courts and Police Don’t Record Interrogations or Court Testimony
An interesting case of allegedly looted art, with profound implications for German museum-goers, may be headed for the United States Supreme Court. The subject is the Guelph Treasure (Welfenschatz), a collection of ecclesiastical art created between the 11th and 15th centuries: The Treasure takes its name from the princely House of Guelph of Brunswick-Lüneburg. The Guelph Treasure… Continue reading Where Will the Guelph Treasure End Up?
The German Hemp Federation (GHF), a German marijuana-legalization lobby, has started what it calls a "justice offensive" (g) to convince the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) to declare laws against marijuana unconstitutional. The current state of play in Germany is that it is illegal nationwide, under § 29 (g) of the Narcotics Law, to possess… Continue reading A “Justice Offensive” to Legalize Marijuana in Germany
As you might have guessed, I'm working on a project about the Jens Soering case, which explains all the recent posts. I know this might be a bit dull for those of you who haven't followed the case, but I'd recommend getting into it -- it's quite interesting. This post will be long and fairly… Continue reading What the DNA Does and Doesn’t Show in the Soering Case