In England, unlike in Germany and the USA, private prosecutions are permitted. The Independent reports on the dismissal of charges in connection with the death of Michael Matthews shortly after he became the youngest person to climb Everest (at least at that time).
Private Strafverfolgungen sind im englischen Recht möglich. In den letzten Jahren hört man eher von Zivilverfahren, die Erfolg haben können (nicht nur bei O.J.Simpson – in den USA gibt es aber keine private Strafverfolgung, soviel ich weiß).
bq. But the judge in the case yesterday ordered the charges against the men to be dropped after a strongly-worded ruling that they had been brought to court with insufficient evidence.
Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC said that while it was clear there had been problems with the oxygen equipment, these had not contributed to Mr Matthews’s death.
The judge said: “If ever a criminal charge should be emphatically dismissed, this is it … The prosecution case was based upon pure and wholly impermissible speculation.”
Note the vocabulary: ein Verfahren einstellen – in criminal law, to drop charges, to dismiss a charge, drop a case. In civil law it would be to suspend / stay / discontinue proceedings.
This did reach the Crown Court, so it wasn’t stopped at the committal proceedings stage.
The Independent also reports on the long hot summer of 1911 (the record for hot weather in 1911 has only just been broken).
bq. On 6 September Thomas W Burgess, aged 37, covered in lard and stark naked except for a pair of thick motorist’s goggles and a black rubber bathing cap, stepped into the sea at Folkestone to make his 16th attempt to reach France by swimming across the Channel. …
Averaging a mile and three-quarters an hour and accompanied by a boat whose crew fed him a grape from time to time and 11 drops of champagne every 30 minutes, Burgess followed the irregular course dictated by the tide, a route he described as “a figure of a badly written capital M with a loop on first down stroke”.
I wouldn’t mind the grape and the champagne, but without the lard and the swimming.