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The Fool?…and a few other matters…

It is perhaps a little cruel to use Vogther’s Fool to illustrate this piece – but certain types of idiotic behaviour cross the subtle divide between folly and stupidity and a recent example of this involves a juror being kicked off a jury for consulting her Facebook friends in a jury trial.

The Sun takes up the story…

A JUROR was kicked off a trial after using Facebook to ask pals if they thought the defendants were guilty.

The woman posted details of the child abduction and sex assault case on the website. Then she told friends: “I don’t know which way to go, so I’m holding a poll.” Jurors are forbidden from discussing details of cases even with their closest family members…. Last night a legal source said the juror could have been charged with contempt of court — and the trial scrapped. The expert added: “It defies belief. She obviously has no grasp of how the judicial process works in this country. “She had been asking her mates what they thought — and some people came back with guilty verdicts”

I rather liked the bit at the end of the story.. “… and some people came back with guilty verdicts”

Not having a great deal to do at 8.00 this evening… my train of thought turned to the concept of ‘folly’ and ‘fools’.  A quick trip to Google revealed some useful quotations from the famous…

‘Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.’ – Abraham Lincoln

Plato, on a rather more serious note took the view… “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” but my favourite quote on this theme is from Will Rogers…

“If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?”

Prescient words indeed in these difficult financial and fiscal times.

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UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS

Making it perfectly clear that there is no connection with the story below and the general theme of this post, despite George Osborne’s recent *From Rusia With Love* momentGuido Fawkes reports that ‘the boy dun good’ and hacked it in what appears to be an excellent speech rebutting Darling’s ‘Mortgage Britain PLC – Do not pass Go’ speech today.

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I am gradually developing the Insite Law online magazine to increase the coverage of daily legal news from the traditional media and, as important, the UK and other law blogs.

This process will continue over the next few weeks – but I have made a start – Daily News and the latest from the blogs is now up on Insite Law.

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Blawg Review 187: Lawyer Casting
It so happens that Monday is Evolution Day, which celebrates the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species on November 24, 1859.

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