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Law, with a twist

Bizarre logic? I think so. A bit funny too!

Somehow, I arrived at an article on Guardian - burglar has right to sue Tony Martin, judge rules. This is from UK. Essence of the story is that a burglar got shot in the leg by the property owner during an attempted robbery. The burgler argues that the leg injury he suffered has stopped him from working, affected his sex life, and means he can no longer enjoy his hobby of martial arts.

Naturally, there is a lawyer who argues: “That (fact that the burgler is serving time in prison) does not take away his right to seek compensation for the injuries he suffered. It is for the courts to decide on the validity of his claim.”

If that argument is acceptable, then every convict should be able to sue the police, the jury and the judge for the mental stress suffered during the trial.

  1. Same thing in the Netherlands, possibly even worse...

    A while ago there was a news story about two employees at a grocery store, who caught a robber (who had threatened a cashier with a knife, and taken some money). A judge ordered that they had to pay a fee because they used violence when they captured the guy. Hmm...

    Posted by: Hans on June 22, 2003 08:02 PM
  2. Something similat in Singapore. A couple in a car engaged in intimate activities was told to roll down their car window by the police. The car was parke at a Park. I am not sure whether they were underaged or not, but eventually they sued the police for violation of privacy and won!

    Posted by: Srijith on June 22, 2003 08:25 PM
  3. Similar story in Australia.
    A drunk broke into a residence above a tavern, and on his way back out, fell out of the window. He then successfully sued the owner of the residence for $50,000 compensation.

    In a twist the judge also ordered the drunk to pay a fair share, and fined him 50c for on the charge of break and enter...

    Posted by: Christal on September 10, 2003 07:11 AM