Thursday, May 01, 2003

Wow, did you hear about that magistrate, Michael Esmond Frederick, what he said to a woman in his court?

"You're a druggie and you'll die in the gutter ... I don't believe in that social worker crap ... you can go to work. Seven million of us do it whilst 14 million like you sit at home watching Days of Our Lives, smoking your crack pipe and using needles, and I'm sick of you sucking us dry. Little Johnnie taxes us with all sorts, and now with salt tax and maybe war tax. We dicks pay for your life. It's your choice to be a junkie and die in the gutter. No one gives a shit, but you're going to kill that woman who is your mother, damn you to death."

I think that's a little harsh. While I do believe he is entitled to his views and even the right to express them, I think he chose the wrong place and situation in which to do so. His job is to pass judgement on a crime, impartially, but here he has obviously let his personal feelings get in the way - he gave this chick a suspended sentence for a crime that usually warrants a maximum penalty of a $750 fine.

You can read the full story here, but I don't know how long that will be available - news sites have a way of expiring their pages to make room for new news.

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