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    • Gordon
    • 04.05.07 | 05:05 (IDT)

    U.S. state courts, where the Judges are generally elected, are regarded - in my country, anyway - as about as reliable as courts in Communist China. As one Judge friend of mine said to me recently, when we were talking about a Canadian who was imprisoned in Texas, you would get better justice in Afghanistan from the Taliban. But U.S. federal courts - and this was a federal court - are very very highly regarded. To a very limited extent, they make the law. But in many cases the law is set out in the Statute book and they have absolutely no choice as regards how they apply it. The issue in this case was, as far as I can tell, something that is governed by statute. I have known many cases that have been reported in the newspapers and I have often been astonished at the absurd things reporters claim the Judge or the lawyers said. We just figure that the reporters were not smart enough to undertand. So I wouldn't believe anything about this ruling until I read it myself

    from the article: U.S. District Court in Manhattan clears Dichter in war crimes suit
    First published 00:00 03.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.05.07
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