“Lawyer wants jinn to testify in court”

by Walter Olson on February 11, 2012

That’s genie “jinn” not potable “gin,” though the latter would work as a headline for a different story. The spirit in question was said to have seized a Saudi judge arrested on corruption charges. [Emirates 24/7]

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1 Doug 02.11.12 at 10:54 am

awesome defense. Of course, we have that Daubert standard thing here.

2 John Burgess 02.11.12 at 11:34 am

This could be used as a great opportunity to rid Saudi courts of the whole ‘magic, witchcraft, jinn’ nonsense, but it won’t. Instead, there will be hearings upon hearings, with a likely result that the case gets dropped. Judges look after themselves around the world.

3 smart dude 02.11.12 at 12:05 pm

Reminds me of the legislative proposal in New Mexico to have psychologists testifying in court dressed as wizards. (No, I am not making this up).

Specifically, the expert witness “shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts.”

The psychologist “shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand…. the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong.”

4 Walter Olson 02.11.12 at 1:28 pm

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