Judge Presiding Over Online Terrorism Case Confused By The Term 'Web Site'

from the probably-not-the-ideal-judge dept

Government officials not understanding technology is nothing new, and unfortunately it often results in bad laws and bad legal rulings. Usually, the problem is exacerbated by the fact that the people in question don't recognize their own ignorance. So it's refreshing to see that a judge in Britain presiding over a case involving terror planning over the internet has admitted the he doesn't understand terms like "web site". Following this admission, the prosecuting attorney took a moment to try explaining the concept to the judge, but the quick explanation didn't do much for the judge's understanding, which is not surprising. Seriously, it's good that the judge has admitted his ignorance, but you'd think that the logical thing to do would be to recuse himself from the case, if that's possible. Instead he's staying on, and he's asked the prosecutor to keep the forthcoming questioning of a computer expert simple. You have to wonder, though, what the point is in questioning an expert if his testimony has to be kept simple enough for this judge to understand.

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    Amethyst, 16 May 2007 @ 7:22pm

    I fail to see how anyone above the age of 5 and under the age of 70 doesn't know what a web site is in this day and age. Even if they don't use the internet, most people, even uneducated ones, know what a web site is. I agree that the govt. needs to do a better job of training its employees, and at least require them to pass a basic computer literacy course.

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