In a recent decision, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main has classified the closest family circle as an area free of a special protection against defamation. Insults can be expressed within the family without the need for criminal liability.
In the last few days there have been several press reports that the large criminal chamber of the Duisburg Regional Court is negotiating with the parties involved in the proceedings, i.e. in particular with the public prosecutors and the defence lawyers, to discontinue the so-called Loveparade proceedings against the payment of a monetary imposition in accordance with § 153a StPO – perhaps even without a monetary imposition in accordance with § 153 StPO.
In June 2016, an assassination was carried out in a shopping centre near Munich’s Olympic Park. The perpetrator David S. shot a total of nine people before he killed himself. In January 2019, the Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Supreme Court) ruled that the seller of the weapon used by David S. in his amok run was liable to prosecution for negligent killing.
The Wuppertal Regional Court has rejected the opening of main proceedings against six defendants on charges of tax evasion. At the same time, the existing arrest warrants against the defendants were lifted.
The district court Nuremberg-Fürth has decided that the withdrawal of the driving licence is only possible if a damage of more than 2.500,00 Euro is caused.
A special chamber will be established at the Cologne Regional Court at the beginning of 2019. In future, this chamber will be primarily responsible for cases involving sexual offences, i.e. rape or sexual abuse.