Hygiene offences in the catering trade

Hygiene offences in the catering trade

The district of Göttingen frequently inspects catering establishments, with the result that many restaurants and food processing companies – including very well-known ones – are placed on a public list because they have been found to have committed hygiene violations. This list includes information to the public about the exceeding of specified permitted limits, maximum…

Cum-Ex scandal part III: Three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for Ulf Johannemann
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Cum-Ex scandal part III: Three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for Ulf Johannemann

In the multi-million euro tax scandal complex surrounding the cum-ex share transactions, the criminal judges at Frankfurt Regional Court handed down the next judgement against one of the players on 30 January 2024. This is the first time that the criminal liability of a tax lawyer from a major law firm in connection with his…

Cyber trading – investment fraud on the Internet?

Cyber trading – investment fraud on the Internet?

Trading platforms on the internet have been booming for years. The largest providers have millions of customers. They are based in Cyprus or Israel, for example. There are currently an increasing number of lawsuits relating to allegations of cyber trading fraud. The defendants are accused of offering supposed investment products such as shares, foreign exchange…

MPP lectures at the Law Clinic Criminal Procedure, Georg-August-University Göttingen

MPP lectures at the Law Clinic Criminal Procedure, Georg-August-University Göttingen

This month, lawyer Dr Anthea Pitschel and lawyer Karl-Heinz Mügge gave a lecture to the students of the Georg-August-University Göttingen. They reported on their day-to-day work, explained the special features of criminal defence and answered the students’ questions. The lecture was part of the so-called “Law Clinic Criminal Procedure”. This is a project of the…

Jens Lehmann: When neighbour disputes get out of hand

Jens Lehmann: When neighbour disputes get out of hand

A hedge that has grown too high, unpleasant odours from cigarette smoke or late-night party noise: conflicts between neighbours are nothing new in court. In most cases, the parties end up in civil court to settle their differences of opinion. In extreme cases, however, the public prosecutor’s office may bring charges. This was the case…

From manslaughter to obstruction of justice – successful defence by MPP before Göttingen Regional Court

From manslaughter to obstruction of justice – successful defence by MPP before Göttingen Regional Court

On 16.01.2024, lawyer Karl-Heinz Mügge was able to achieve a major defence success before the Göttingen Regional Court. In the manslaughter trial for the Ukrainian man killed in May 2023, the defendant represented by lawyer Mügge was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for obstruction of justice, the execution of which was suspended – although the…

Upskirting, stealthing, revenge porn and sextortion – the most important facts about the new sexual offences

Upskirting, stealthing, revenge porn and sextortion – the most important facts about the new sexual offences

Increasing digitalisation in particular has led to the emergence of a number of new criminal offences in sexual criminal law. For example, criminal investigations are increasingly being conducted into “upskirting”, “stealthing”, “revenge porn” or “sextortion”. But what is behind these English terms that have found their way into German case law? Upskirting refers to behaviour…

§ 218 StGB: An archaic remnant of times past?

§ 218 StGB: An archaic remnant of times past?

The socio-political debate surrounding abortion is a perennial issue not only in Germany, but also internationally. While the so-called “ban on advertising abortions” in Section 219a StGB (old version) was deleted in Germany in 2022, the criminal offence of abortion remained in place. In principle, Section 218 para. 1 StGB punishes anyone who terminates a…

Firecrackers on New Year’s Eve: What is the legal situation?

Firecrackers on New Year’s Eve: What is the legal situation?

When you step outside your front door on New Year’s morning, the traces of the night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations regularly appear on the street – firecrackers, rockets, firecrackers and sparklers are part of a successful start to the new year for many. However, “recreational fireworks” are subject to certain rules – and especially when…

Of hashish biscuits and smashed chocolate Santas

Of hashish biscuits and smashed chocolate Santas

Christmas – a festival of charity and contemplation? If you look at the relevant statistics, the opposite is probably the case. In particular, violent offences within families and partnerships increase during the Advent season. The following seemingly curious cases show that even the ever-popular Christmas treats can play a role in criminal offences: On Christmas…

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