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27
May
08

Drink driver jailed for turning up to probation meeting with a pint

A serial drink driver has been jailed after turning up for a probation appointment with a pint of lager in his hand.

The
case of Amir Saeed, 30, sparked outrage in February after magistrates
decided not to give him a prison sentence for his tenth drink drive
conviction in less than a decade. But now he is in jail after Blackburn
magistrates were told he had totally failed’ to co-operate with the
suspended prison sentence.

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16
Dec
07

Jurors find overlooked evidence in coat

A judge has granted a man convicted of armed robbery a new trial because the jury that found him guilty in October also found a wad of cash in his coat during the trial that police and prosecutors overlooked.A money roll totaling $1,300, a rubber glove and a bandage apparently went unnoticed by police, prosecutors and the defense until jurors detected them while examining the garment during deliberations in October.

Circuit Judge Theresa M. Adams granted the defense motion Wednesday for a new trial in Frederick at what was to have been Moses M. Streete’s sentencing hearing. She ordered Streete held without bail.

“You would think with all the law enforcement people that had been involved with the case that everything would have been gone over with a fine-toothed comb – and then that fine-toothed comb would have had another fine-toothed comb going over it,” said Christine Bowersox, one of the jurors in Streete’s trial.

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12
Nov
07

Judge Booted for Flipping Coin to Decide

A judge who ordered a woman to drop her pants and decided a custody dispute by flipping a coin was removed from the bench by the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday. The decision against Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge James Michael Shull of Gate City was unanimous.

“Unless our citizens can trust that judges will fairly resolve the disputes brought before our courts, and treat all litigants with dignity, our courts will lose the public’s respect and confidence upon which our legal system depends,” Justice Barbara Milano Keenan wrote.

According to the court, Shull admitted tossing a coin to determine which parent would have visitation with a child on Christmas. Shull said he was trying to encourage the parents to decide the issue themselves but later acknowledged that he was wrong.

Read more here.

25
Oct
07

Double glazing salesman ‘punched customer for getting quote from a rival firm’

A double glazing salesman launched a violent assault on a customer moments after discovering they had spoken to a rival company, a court was told yesterday.

Carl Birkenshaw, 42, allegedly threw a series of punches at George Dixon after accusing him and his wife of wasting his time during a meeting at the couple’s home.

He erupted with rage when Mr Dixon informed him that they had already sought a quote from another firm for new windows to be fitted into their luxury conservatory.

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17
Oct
07

DUI defendant caught drinking near court

A man who was out on bail following a drunken driving arrest is back behind bars after he was caught drinking a 12-pack of beer on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn. Martin Ruiz asked the judge to release him on his own recognizance, promising not to drink another beer or drive.But Judge Michael Gibbons set his bail at $100,000 on Monday, saying he was surprised Ruiz was released on recognizance the first time.

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08
Oct
07

Indian judge ordered back to law school

New Delhi’s High Court justices, annoyed with lower court judges who issue problematic rulings, have decided to send one of them back to law school.

In an order issued late Friday, Judge R. K. Tiwari was told to return for a three-month refresher course after issuing an arrest warrant in defiance of a previous High Court ruling.

“Since Tiwari does not have even elementary knowledge of the criminal law and procedure it would be appropriate that he undergoes a refresher course at Delhi Judicial Academy,” Justice V. B. Gupta wrote.

Read more at Kansascity.com




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