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Friday, July 13, 2007

The Decline of England

Aaa_2 It's a sad day for those of us who have always loved the pomp and circumstance of English justice:  The judicial wig, the wing collar, and the variegated robes used in different courts will be no more civil cases.

The British government -- which has been known to knock down 11th century Norman churches just to widen a roadway -- has decided to do away with four centuries of tradition to save a measly $600,000 a year.

That presumably means that the next Nichols v. Raynbred or Adams v. Lindsell will delivered by somebody dressed (like an American judge) in a black polyester gown and Hush Puppies.  Sic transit gloria mundi, if that's the expression we want.

[Frank Snyder]

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