Thursday, February 15, 2007
All dressed up and nowhere to go
The AP reports—
A male lawyer who appeared in court dressed in women's clothes as a protest against what he said was New Zealand's overly masculine judiciary was suspended Wednesday after being found to be in contempt of court.We could use a decent Attorney General! Is he willing to relocate?
The protest began after a coroner's inquest largely blamed a farming couple for the collapse of a bridge on their property built by the army.
Moodie obtained documents apportioning much of the blame for the collapse to faulty wood used by New Zealand Defense Force engineers, and posted the report on the Internet despite a judge's order it not be distributed.
Moodie announced after the ruling he would quit the law altogether, and end his cross-dressing protest because he no longer needed to appear "in a 19th-century Alice in Wonderland environment that allows pomp, self-importance and deference to the court to eclipse the truth."