Court Appointee Quoted Groucho Marx in Verdict

Supreme Court appointee Yitzhak Amit is perhaps the only judge who has quoted Groucho Marx, in a verdict he wrote as a Haifa District judge.

In 2005, Amit heard the petition by former MK Azmi Bishara and the Balad Party against the right-wing's use of the color orange as a symbol of the resistance against the disengagement.

Bishara and Balad argued that the color was identified with their party and asked the court to tell the right-wing groups to stop using it, as it infringed on their intellectual property.

Amit dismissed their petition in an especially flamboyant verdict. He rejected their claim that their use of orange was equivalent to the Greens' use of green or socialist parties' use of red.

"Green serves Maccabi Haifa and the Islamic Movement, as well as the Greens," he said. "Red is used by Hapoel Tel Aviv. Orange is used by the Dutch team and Bnei Yehuda ... and the orange revolution in Ukraine."

Finally Amit quoted from a letter Groucho Marx wrote to the Warner Brothers studio. The Warners had demanded the Marx brothers change the name of their movie "A Night In Casablanca," since it could be confused with the Warners' famous movie "Casablanca."

"Apparently there is more than one way of conquering a city and holding it as your own," Amit quoted Groucho Marx's letter. "I am sure that the average movie fan could learn in time to distinguish between Ingrid Bergman and Harpo.

"What about 'Warner Brothers'? Do you own that too? You probably have the right to use the name Warner, but what about the name Brothers? Professionally, we were brothers long before you were. We were touring the sticks as the Marx Brothers when Vitaphone was still a gleam in the inventor's eye."

Tel Aviv District Court Judge Uzi Vogelman started working in the State Prosecutor's criminal department in 1982, then moved to the High Court's petitions department, where he became director in 1995. He represented the state against Alice's Miller's petition to be allowed to take part in an Air Force flying course.

The state claimed women could not take the course for technical reasons.

Vogelman has been serving as a Tel Aviv District Court judge since 2000.

In April 2007 he was appointed acting Supreme Court justice for a year.

Be'er Sheva District Court Judge Neal Hendel decided to acquit Suliman al-Abid from the murder of Hanit Kikos due to reasonable doubt. He wrote that a judge cannot keep his distance and is obliged to take a stand.

"When the judge looks at the glass ... he must emphasize what is not in it. ... If the glass is not full, even if it is almost full, the defendant shall have the benefit of the doubt," he ruled.