Saturday, May 22, 2010

Judge not allowed to tell criminals what he thought of them

Only in Britain:
"The dad of a teenage vandal branded "absolute scum" by a magistrate today backed the JP's bid to win back his job — saying: "I totally agree with him."

Austin Molloy, 57, was axed from his job as chairman of the bench when a court clerk complained after he branded two 16-year-old boys who vandalised Blackburn Cathedral "scum".

He made the remarks at Blackburn Magistrates Court while sentencing the yobs for scrawling obscene graffiti on prayer books and damaging a priceless John The Baptist cross — causing £3,000 of damage.

But now the father of one of the boys, who along with his son cannot be named for legal reasons, has backed the magistrate's choice of words. He said: "I totally agree with what Mr Molloy said and I've not got a problem with him whatsoever. "I back him 100 per cent. As far as I am concerned Mr Molloy should get his job back...

Mr Molloy, a managing director at an engineering firm, told the teens, from Darwen, Lancs, while sentencing them: "Normal people would consider you absolute scum." But he was immediately reprimanded by court clerk Christine Dean for his "inappropriate language".

Grandad-of-one Mr Molloy, also from Darwen — chairman of the bench for 14 years and a magistrate for 18 — has received widespread support from local politicians and residents.

More than 2,000 people have joined a Facebook campaign in support of the JP, while others have begun a group saying the clerk who reported Mr Molloy should be sacked instead.



Anonymous said...

Could it be that some Brits are actually waking up and rejoining the real world? We'll see.

Anonymous said...

The Brits have lost their nation. I don't think they will accept that fact until gunmen storm/raise parliament.

W. Churchill said...

Now, now, Anon 3:02, there are some here who will call you a anti-Brit bigot. Apparently, we're not supposed to let the world know that, because of it's "severe, irrational, and idiotic" addition to political correctness, and it's apparent love of all thing muslim, Britain is DAO. Shhhh!!

Anonymous said...

I see, coz a court clerk acts that way it means the whole nation is lost, despite a strong reaction to the contrary. I guess some ppl here are indeed just prejudiced against the Brits incl. the "only in Britain" in the title!

Anonymous said...

Whereas I completely agree with the judge's sentiments, I must ask if you really think it's proper behaviour from an official to say such insults during a trial? A court case should be handled calmly according to law, without any personal attacks. Or, I don't know about Anglo-Saxon countries but I can't imagine that any judge here in Finland would say something like that. Still, it was ridiculous to sack the judge for this. The last time I checked, poor taste wasn't a crime.

On an unrelated note, I just found this blog and I must say it's great. Nice to see someone dares to oppose the liberal craze nowadays. Keep up the good work!