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Legal aid funds. A civil action for unlawful arrest against Dorset Police,which cost the taxpayer a quarter of a million pounds, has created the mosthighly valued tea bags ever. Psychologist Dr Ian Anderson launched theaction six and a half years ago after being held by local police for 14hours following the discovery of a bomb near his house. Anderson allegesthat officers charged into his home, broke a garage window, and stole au300 revolver and u180 from his wallet. He claimed u500,000 damages forloss of income and trauma. However, a jury at Bournemouth County Courtawarded him a mere u100 compensation - for the use of two tea bags andwashing up liquid used by the detectives investigating the incident.Chief circuit judge for Leicester Judge Victor Hall, who was banned fromdriving for a year, fined u1,000 and suspended as a judge by Leicestermagistrates after admitting drinking more than twice the alcohol limit at abar function. But what was rough justice for the judge was sweet revengefor the numerous locals who have appeared before him in the past - ajeering crowd gathered on the steps of the court to shout abuse at thejudge as he left. His solicitor Gordon Hamilton told the court of JudgeHall's "great humiliation".Protest groups. Mr Justice Burton has issued a stern warning toeco-activists hell-bent on saving the world from genetically modified food.He found four campaigning members of Genetix Snowball who destroyed a cropof sugar beet in Hertfordshire in June guilty of contempt of court forbreaking an injunction, despite the fact that the group did not realise theinjunction applied to them.Divorce lawyers, who are fuming about a new on-line divorce service.Clients need never again weep on the shoulders of their solicitor as theyreel off a list of emotional wounds, nor actually meet their lawyer at all.Desktop Lawyer, launched by solicitor Richard Cohen, offers cyber divorcefor a mere u79.99 as well as tenancy, confidentiality and employmentagreements.
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