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Judge warned for conducting hearing while driving​


I thought this was going to be in the US but no it was in Blighty - and the headline really does say it all. Madness.

The office investigatin him said: "The judge failed to meet the expectation to avoid conduct which might reduce respect for judicial office." No shit, Sherlock!

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/judge-warned-for-conducting-hearing-while-driving/5111882.article
I said 'Florida' to myself as I read the headline.
 

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Judge warned for conducting hearing while driving​


I thought this was going to be in the US but no it was in Blighty - and the headline really does say it all. Madness.

The office investigatin him said: "The judge failed to meet the expectation to avoid conduct which might reduce respect for judicial office." No shit, Sherlock!

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/judge-warned-for-conducting-hearing-while-driving/5111882.article

I passed this on to my sister who is a criminal defence lawyer in WA and she said:

Odd. Having said that, once when a country court rang in I was in the pool and I did the appearance at the side of the pool.
 

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Rescuer, who shot South Carolina man who fell into lake, acted in self defense, prosecutors say

After being rescued by a pair of pontoon boaters, Nathan Drew Morgan began assaulting his rescuers, officials said in a statement. Then, one of his rescuers shot him.
By Kalhan Rosenblatt
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Once on the pontoon boat, Morgan became agitated, "and began assaulting the couple on the pontoon," the release states.

Officials said that it is believed Morgan wanted to return to the jet ski, which continued driving through the water despite having no one aboard.

In an attempt to deescalate the situation, the rescued woman pushed Morgan into the water. After bringing Morgan back onto the pontoon a second time, the man on the boat shot him, fearing for the safety of those on board.

Well, it wasn't Florida.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-new...l-lake-acted-self-defense-prosecuto-rcna20779
 

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What kind of person starts fighting with their rescuer?

There are 3 clues repeatedly mentioned in the various news reports:

(1) The deceased jet ski driver (named Morgan) may have been intoxicated.

(2) Morgan's empty jet ski was circling in the water, and authorities stated Morgan may have been arguing about recovering it.

(3) Authorities state Morgan may have been arguing with his female passenger immediately before they were ejected from the jet ski.
 

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Brave young man makes a Randi-like offer in the market places of Nigeria. Some disturbing details in this long article

<<Armed with a sharp knife, a megaphone and dressed all in black, Gbenga Adewoyin could have passed for a medieval witch hunter, a herbal salesman or an urban preacher as he walked around a market in the south-western Nigerian city of Ibadan.
Warning: This article contains details that might be offensive to some readers

Those curious enough to get close in the Gbagi market quickly dispersed when they heard his message. "Anyone that can provide any evidence for the existence of the supernatural, be it juju or voodoo magic, will be offered 2.5m naira ($6,000, £4,650)," he announced repeatedly in Yoruba and English.
The 24-year-old atheist has recently emerged as a rebel publicly contesting the powers of the supernatural in this deeply religious country.>>

Full story here
 
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I thought this was going to be in the US but no it was in Blighty - and the headline really does say it all. Madness.
I said 'Florida' to myself as I read the headline.
I was going to ask, is "Blighty man" the UK's version of "Florida man"?

I passed this on to my sister who is a criminal defence lawyer in WA and she said:

Odd. Having said that, once when a country court rang in I was in the pool and I did the appearance at the side of the pool.
Obviously she hadn't planned on making a court appearance while dressed for a swim, but did she win the case?
:thought: Hmm, this could be the start of a whole new legal strategy . . .
 

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Oh, excuse me, a coach party has just arrived. I shall have to fall off the wall, I'm afraid.
 

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From the "No Shit, Sherlock" Desk ...
LA police: Wearing expensive jewelry could make you a target

Los Angeles police are warning people that wearing expensive jewelry in public could make them a target for thieves — a note of caution as robberies are up citywide.

The police department’s suggestion Tuesday came as robbers smashed the front window of a Beverly Hills jewelry store in broad daylight and fled with millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise.

Passersby recorded video of Tuesday’s robbery, the latest in a long string of brazen smash-and-grab thefts and robberies of people wearing expensive watches or jewelry in the Los Angeles region. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/los-angeles-theft-34d7ca9317d422bc35aeeb9c4b0e8bd0
 

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I was going to ask, is "Blighty man" the UK's version of "Florida man"?
"Blighty" is Britain or England, rather than a region or county, so no, it isn't a similar concept to Florida man.

Blighty comes from the Urdu "bilāyatī" meaning "foreigner" or "European". I assume therefore it is one of those words adopted into British English from the days of empire. It was used to refer to England/Britain by soldiers in the first world war.

We don't have a clearly defined region with the same sort of reputation or image as Florida, although we do have a lot of regional stereotypes. Possibly our nearest equivalent would be "normal for Norfolk" — Norfolk being a geographically isolated rural/coastal county with a largely undeserved reputation for inbreeding.
 

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Norfolk being a geographically isolated rural/coastal county with a largely undeserved reputation for inbreeding.

It;s true! The government had to pay people to move to Cromer from other parts of the country in an attempt to enlarge the Norfolk gene pool. Ask Swifty.
 
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