Thursday, February 02, 2006
Practice Makes Perfect
Police Constable Mark Milton, of the UK, was acquitted of dangerous driving. The district judge who acquitted Milton said that the good constable had been "driving for police purposes." The district judge said that the good constable was driving for police purposes because the good constable drove a police car in excess of the police limit to "hon[e] his driving skills." In fact, the good and diligent constable drove a police car at 159 miles per hour. The High Court ordered a retrial. (Double jeopardy means something different in the UK than it does in the US; i.e., the principle of no double jeopardy now seems to mean very little in the UK.) Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice Owen, noted that Police Constable Milton had reached "eye watering speeds." See Independent Online Edition (Feb 2, 2006). All is once again well in those sceptr'd isles.