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 »