The problem of a defendant facing a judge who has previously stated in a written judgment that he or she is convinced of the guilt of the current defendant is discussed under the heading of “prejudice”. The decision of the Federal Constitutional Court of 27.01.2023 (Ref. 2 BvR 1122/22) brought the discussion in Germany to a temporary climax – but certainly not to its end. The case is currently pending before the European Court of Human Rights under application no. 25095/23.

Internet Fraud

On April 2, 2020, after extensive investigations by a concentrated action of law enforcement agencies from Germany, Austria, Serbia and Bulgaria, numerous measures were carried out. This resulted in a number of arrests and the seizure of funds amounting to over 2 million euro. The background are investigations against two groups of perpetrators who are said to have defrauded thousands of investors from all over Europe of a total of more than 100 million euros in recent years.

Criminal Conviction Cum Ex

In the first major criminal case in the Cum-Ex complex, the Regional Court of Bonn pronounced a judgment on 18 March 2020 (file number 62 KLs 1/19).

E-scooters are becoming more and more popular as means of transport in the cities. At the same time you can read almost daily about trouble with E-Scooters. Many users of e-scooters un-derestimate the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.
When it comes to alcohol, there are no limits that apply to cyclists, but the same standards that apply to motorists.

At the beginning of September 2019, banks in Frankfurt were searched again. According to media reports, the public prosecutor’s office is said to have expanded its criminal investigations against bank employees in the Cum-Ex proceedings.

wirecard short sale attack

The public prosecutor’s office Munich I has expanded its investigations in the sphere of the payment service provider Wirecard. The company has received indications of a new short sale-attack.

Can German ISIS fighters be deprived of their citizenship?

The American President, Donald Trump, has in recent weeks called on Europeans to bring back to their country European citizens captured as ISIS fighters in Syria. Some Europeans, most of them French or English, had joined the struggle of the Islamist state in recent years to establish a God State in the Middle East. Some Germans have also responded to the call to go to “holy war”.

inside information

The public prosecutor’s office in Munich is investigating a journalist of the Financial Times. An investor claims to have been provided with insider information from the journalist before a negative press report about the German company Wirecard.

Agreements and "deals" in criminal proceedings

Two defendants – a former married couple – were sentenced to suspended prison terms by the Augsburg District Court for embezzlement of donations amounting to approximately 130,000.00 euros. The accused are said to have used the donations for their own luxury lives.

On 03.03.2009 the Cologne City Archive collapsed as part of construction work for a subway stop. Two young people died in this accident on 03.03.2009. The property damage caused by the accident is worth billions. After a construction supervisor of the Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe had already been sentenced for negligent killing in a first trial, a senior site manager has now been sentenced to a suspended sentence for negligent killing.