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Weird Cases: Comic and Bizarre Cases from Courtrooms around the World

ISBN: 978-0854900619

22 November 2010

Many of this book’s anecdotes are genuinely interesting, and, as Slapper covers cases from around the world, it gives an intriguing insight into the application of law beyond the UK.

My favourite tales include one from Romania two years ago, where there was an attempt to bring in a law making the media broadcast one good news story for every bad one in an attempt to cheer up the population. It was decided that skewing news in this way would not reflect reality and would restrict freedom of expression, making it unconstitutional. What a shame.

In the UK, there was a case about a couple from Basingstoke in which the Court of Appeal ruled that it was reasonable for a wife to ration her husband to sex once each week. The press reports were predictably flippant, even in The Times which ran the headline “Sex once a week enough, appeal judge says”. There were objections when journalists later tried to interview judges’ wives!

As recently as 2008, a G...

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