Monday, February 08, 2010

Judgement FAIL

Cherie Booth QC -aka Mrs Tony Blair - is so wonderfully reliable. You can always bank on her to be pointing 180 degrees away from where any reasonable person might be. Cherie Blair 'spared violent criminal from prison because he was religious'

The former prime minister's wife, who sits as a judge as Cherie Booth QC, told Shamso Miah that she would suspend his prison sentence because he was a "religious man".

Miah, a devout Muslim, had been convicted of breaking a man's jaw with two punches after a dispute in a bank queue in East Ham, London. The 25-year-old had gone to the bank from a local mosque.

I'm of the view that we are all equal before the law, but the devoutness of a person should perhaps hold them accountable to a higher standard. If his mitigation was "but I'm such a devout person" the response should have been "Well you should have known better!". This is why Catholics, more than most, are shocked and scandalised by tales of clercal misdeeds.Perhaps unfairly, we hold priests to a higher standard.

I have a sneaking suspicion that had the offender been a devout SSPXer, he might have ended up in chokey. But then again, the offender belongs to the Religion of Peace (TM) - a religion so peaceful he broke the other fellow's jaw.

The Comedy Vicar at The Telegraph is similarly wrong on this one.

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OpenID ebomania said...

I've never really looked into her effectiveness as a Judge, but, I know Defence Agents in court "winging" a plea in mitigation like that one would be knocked down a peg or two and quite promptly in other courts.

Case and point - freshly convicted chap on incapacity benefits whose lawyer tried to argue that he was unfit to undertake community service.

The same lawyer stated 2 minutes earlier that the chap took a pride in his allotment and garden and that he wasn't as bad a neighbour as the conviction suggested.

He was cut mid-flow by "His Honour" suggesting that he start the plea again, only this time begining with the words "I say, I say, I say".)

8:49 AM  
Blogger Shepherd said...

She looks like an escapee from Madame Tussaud's House of wax!

11:59 AM  

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