Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2007-05-21 22:01
A story that's been doing the rounds...
"Judge Peter Openshaw broke into the questioning of a witness about a Web forum used by alleged Islamist radicals."
""The trouble is I don't understand the language. I don't really understand what a Web site is," he told a London court during the trial of three men charged under anti-terrorism laws."
I don't understand why he's getting so much stick for this.
He's a reasonably well-known judge in charge of a terrorism case.
If he doesn't fully understand what he's dealing with, then he should absolutely say so -- else he's not going to be able to deal with the evidence properly.
We need more judges who're willing to admit when they don't know something...
(I'm linking to the Wired story because it appears the BBC haven't covered this, although searching for "judge peter openshaw" on BBC News will find lots of other cases he's been involved with.)