Judge in United Kingdom Terrorism Trial Admits He Knows Nothing About the Internet

A judge in a United Kingdom terrorism trial admitted he was struggling to cope with basic internet terms like “web site.” Judge Peter Openshaw is presiding over the trial of three men accused of inciting terrorism using the internet.

During questioning of a witness about a web-forum used by alleged Islamic radicals, the judge stopped the testimony, saying “the trouble is I don’t understand the language. I don’t really understand what a web site is.” Even after the prosecutor explained the terms, the 59-year old judge said he still hadn’t quite grasped the concepts.

Isn’t it the responsibility of the legal system to appoint judges to cases who can understand the particular cases before them?


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