The circus at High Court #6 this next fortnight is a disgrace to the legal profession and a terrible advertisement for the art of litigation.
From the dead cat wearing rates avoider Penny Bright to the feral in front of me in the public gallery wearing socks with his jandals and track pants, I cannot help feeling sorry for John Banks having to put up with his career and legacy tried in front of a bunch of rabble. I do not particularly like John Banks as a politician, but no one deserves this.
It is no surprise Banks didn’t go for trial by jury. The people in the gallery attracted to the case are not and never have been his peers. They appear a sublime mix of potential admissions requiring treatment for compulsive mental conditions. Court groupies.
At adjournments we have the ridiculous scenario of media invading over the courtroom floor casually interacting with the Crown QC dare I say it giving him some tips after a reasonably limp performance to date, members of the public gallery often talking sometimes even while the Judge is speaking, a compulsive cap wearer and then there is career law-spotter Joe Karam. I cannot work out if Karam is there for Dotcom’s eventual deportation or Banks if he is wrongly found guilty after delivering a morning of direct mail. Read more »