A police officer in Italy’s supreme court has achieved global YouTube fame after being caught dancing on CCTV as he waited for judges to deliver the verdict in Silvio Berluconi's trial (which saw the ex-Italian Prime Minister's conviction for tax fraud upheld). In the footage from last Thursday, the officer appears to be doing moves from the Village People's YMCA.
The video has since spawned a host of spin-offs. Here is a version with the actual YMCA music...
And, for Village People connoisseurs, here is the clip set to the band's lesser-known track, Macho Man.
Earlier this week photos of a Ferrari submerged in a flooded Toronto underpass went viral on Twitter and Facebook...
A Canadian criminal lawyer is at the heart of a media storm after several highly offensive tweets referring to the Boston bombing were posted from a law firm Twitter account that he is believed to control.
Alongside the tweet pictured above, which is a reference to the police officer who was shot by the accused Boston bombers last week, @Dasilvalaw is reported by the Toronto Star to have tweeted:
“I pray for the suspects. May they slay the police army of satan. Death to all police!”
The @Dasilvalaw account has since been deleted. But some retweets of @Dasilvalaw's horrible responses to offended Twitter users remain online, including this one.
The lawyer reportedly behind the account, 34 year-old David Da Silva, has denied that he authored the tweets.
Da Silva's lawyer, Nadia Liva, said that her client is "very concerned" and "we are currently investigating the tweets, which were not authored by Mr. Da Silva."
There's a report on the Canadian legal community's reaction to the affair at the Trial Warrior Blog.
A human rights lawyer who fell asleep during a hearing in the Ghanaian Supreme Court has put his doziness down to a "spiritual attack" which began following a trip to London where he had an unsettling vision of a hippopotamus...
"In London, while we were asleep, I often saw something like a hippopotamus raising our bed into the air. This strange phenomenon cascaded into a different dimension where I sleep at places at odd times,” Kwabla Senanu is reported to have said by a Ghanaian newswire this morning.
Last month, Senanu admitted falling asleep during a case relating to the legitimacy of the country's presidential election.
Elaborating on the sleeping phenomenon, Senanu, 55, explained that at another time while he was in court his speech had become blurred and his body weak, seeing him fall asleep suddenly when he was supposed to be on his feet defending a client.
He added that the spiritual attacks had also caused him to have a number of crashes while driving.
Happily, the attacks are said to have abated after Senanu shared his experiences at a recent religious ceremony.
The Washington Post reports that Pakistani "police officials, judges, litigants and witnesses say they have become increasingly fearful of marauding lawyers in their trademark black pants, coats and ties."
Secretaries at the Canadian affiliate of UK giant DAC Beachcroft are fuming after the law firm brought in a draconian security regime that requires them to have their finger prints taken – then clock in and out of the office with a finger swipe.
McCague Borlack's lawyers are exempt from the scheme, which has been likened by a blog apparently set up by the secretaries to Hitler's "IBM punch-card technology".
Roger Stokes, an English solicitor with the Yemeni law firm Sheikh Tariq Abdullah, has died after being found covered in blood in his flat. The circumstances of his death remain a mystery.
In the good old days, sleeping with a lecturer was sufficient to get your grades bumped up to a first or distinction.
But in these tough economic times, it seems that mere sex is no longer enough.
According to court documents, National University of Singapore law student Ko Wen Hui, 23, not only had to have sex with her lecturer, Tey Tsun Hang (the pair are pictured left), in order to improve her grades, but gift the 41-year old:
a Mont Blanc pen,
two tailor-made shirts, and
Below is some video coverage on the case from the Straits Times:
If, like me, you’re not British or European and are applying for training contracts, you probably read last month’s story about the American trainee at the London office of stricken US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf who is fighting deportation. It sent chills down my spine, writes Carmody Wilson
But, in a way, it was also encouraging. Because the American in question got the training contract in the first place. This in spite of ticking 'yes' in that horrible little box that asks if the applicant requires permission to work in the UK.
Nearly every firm asks it. I have felt that, in previous applications, by ticking 'yes' I am exposing myself to further scrutiny. My application thereafter must be faultless for the HR representative to not put me in the bin, I suspect.
Such behaviour would, of course, be considered discrimination and woe betide the firm which admits to it…
The self taught Chinese ‘barefoot lawyer’ Chen Guangcheng may not have followed the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive (CILEX) path to non-graduate legal qualification, but for me he’s a legal executive in spirit.
Barefoot lawyer: like Chen, CILEX boss Diane Burleigh believes in staying grounded – even at official functions
Chen, who begins studying law the traditional way at New York Law School (NYU) this week, didn't experience any form of formal education until he was 13. Blinded by a fever when he was a baby, he would go on to become the first person in his family to attend university, where he studied massage and acupuncture – one of the only professions open to blind people in China.
On the quiet, though, Chen kept slipping off to law lectures – despite the fact that blind students weren’t allowed to graduate in the subject – and subsequently used the legal knowledge he had gleaned to help people back in his village.
With his family reading legal documents for him, Chen’s clients included a dwarf who had been refused a business licence because of his height and a family whose paranoid schizophrenic son had been classed as fully-functioning by the authorities...