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Law Society tells solicitors to ‘channel their inner Judge Dredd’ – immediately backfires

‘You do realise he is an executioner for a totalitarian fascist regime?’

The Law Society’s attempt to get down with the kids on social media backfired magnificently yesterday afternoon.

Keen to help recruit some fresh judicial talent, Chancery Lane bigwigs tweeted this to their 82,000 Twitter followers:

Unfortunately, the social media post, which was supposed to encourage solicitors to apply to become judges, did not go down well with comic book connoisseurs and legal eagles alike. Questioning the society’s knowledge on all things Dredd, one tweeted:

Another was quick to point out Dredd’s views on capital punishment.

Others couldn’t resist poking fun at the society’s perhaps misguided comparison.

Bombarded with responses, the Law Society — which represents solicitors across the country — eventually realised that Judge Dredd (the original comic book character) was very different to the one played by Sylvester Stallone in the 1995 movie of the same name.

In the film, Dredd is framed for murder and finds himself in prison when he’s wrongly convicted. However, in the original comic book version, the futuristic street judge has the power to arrest, convict, sentence and execute criminals — probably not the sort of chap the judiciary of England and Wales is looking for.

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