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This article was published 3/12/2007 (3365 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
True story, picked up in the halls of the downtown courthouse today...A Manitoba judge (who shall remain nameless in this post!) was recently going through her final charge to the jury by recapping the evidence and giving an outline of the law.The accused had pleaded not guilty to shooting another man during a drunken dispute.Everything was going smoothly until the judge came to the part of her instructions where she tells jurors about their options.In mentioning the accused by name, she called him "Mr. Guilty".And not just once. Moments after the first slip of the tongue, she did it again!After the charge was completed, the judge asked lawyers if there were any issues with her charge. The defence lawyer quickly rose to his feet.The red-faced judge was stunned to learn what she'd accidentally said and called jurors back to court, explaining to them they should take nothing from her verbal blunder.Ultimately, the man was found not guilty and what likely would have been a very interesting case before the Manitoba Court of Appeal was avoided.Now back to your regular programming...www.mikeoncrime.com