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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    Anonymous Coward, 16 May 2007 @ 4:30pm

    Its hardly unexpected. I don't know the case myself but a judge in the UK is gonna be in his 50s and most likely cares more about his golf clubs than anything technological, be that online or otherwise.

    You would think though, that the government could put on some kind of "basic IT" course for their staff that are supposed to make judgements on thse things.

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