Hard evidence

If you’re a verbose litigator in London, the worst that’s likely to happen is that the judge will nod off. Alternatively, if it’s Judge Jacob, he might launch into a well-earned tirade about fees.

In France, however, it’s a whole other world. A magistrate in Angoulême was caught last week having a quick one off the wrist, presumably to relieve the tedium of the advocat’s submission.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t too subtle and the lawyer in question, a local journalist and a woman in the public gallery all caught the unfortunate chap spanking the monkey.

The police are now carrying out a penal investigation.