Judge Fired For Anonymously Trolling People Who Disagreed With His Rulings

Cast your mind, if you will, back to the 1920s: a time when if people wanted to be huge shitheads to each other, they had to go outside and do it in person – truly barbaric. Now, we have the internet, and being huge shitheads to each other is never further than arm’s reach away. It’s the great equaliser – people of all levels of society hop on to the same internet and all use the same tools to be a huge shithead to each other: namely, words.

The same freedom that allows you to jump into some Instagram comments and tell Nickelback to jump into a frozen lake allows, say, a judge to talk shit at people who disagreed with a ruling he made in the comments on a news story about it.
Unfortunately, that freedom can also get you fired, as it did in the case of British judge Jason Dunn-Shaw, who got the sack for pseudonymously and angrily taking to the comments of a local news website on stories involving himself.
In one case, he attacked people who were critical of a ruling he made that saw a woman avoid jail time over a car accident in which two people were trapped in a burning car.
He went off in the comments about another story, about a court case in which he was a barrister defending individuals who were accusing of having defrauded an elderly lady.
A ruling today from the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office saw him removed from office for his behaviour:
“Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw was subject to a conduct investigation for using a pseudonym to post comments (some of which were abusive) on a newspaper website about a case in which he had been a judge and another in which he had been a barrister.

“In his own name he also used publicly available social media sites to post material or not remove material which was not compatible with the dignity of judicial office or suggested a lack of impartiality on matters of public controversy.”
He was discovered after the son of a victim involved in one of the court cases became suspicious. Originally he tried to blame it on his partner, claiming they shared an account (a classic move), but the excuse did not stick.
Nice work, genius.
Source: Courier Mail.
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