The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

They Do Things Differently in the USA

This is the story of a judge who was - ahem- pleasuring himself while presiding over his court.

The guy clearly needs help, and I think that his judicial career may be over, but is it really worth up to ten years in prison?

The American approach to locking people up is extraordinary, and the prison population is vastly higher pro rata than it is in any other westernised country.