Former Scottish first minister  Alex Salmond: “I refute these allegations of criminality and I will defend myself to the utmost in court,” he said.  Photograph:   Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Alex Salmond, former first minister of Scotland and one of the most important figures in modern Scottish politics, appeared in court on Thursday to fa(...)

 Oscar Pistorius (centre) is surrounded by security personnel as he leaves the High Court after the third day of his murder trial, in Pretoria, South Africa on March 5th, 2014. File photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

The televising of the Oscar Pistorius trial turned coverage of the case into something very like a major sporting event, the conference of the Bar Cou(...)