Canadian judge political statement concerns
A Canadian newspaper has reported that an Ontario Court judge appeared in a courtroom the day after the US election, wearing a "Make America Great Again" baseball hat - the campaign hat for President-elect Donald Trump.
The Globe and Mail says Justice Bernd Zabel wore the hat into the courtroom and addressed the lawyers, police offices and defendants in attendance.
The incident has caused a furore in Canada, with Osgood Hall law professor Gus Van Harten lodging a formal complaint with the Ontario Judicial Council. However, another law professor, Troy Riddell from the University of Guelph, says he would be surprised if the incident resulted in Justice Zabel's removal from the bench.
"We do not know if Justice Zabel supported Trump's anti-establishment narrative, or his policies on trade or ISIS, or the darker undertones of Trump. This differs, for example, from judges who have directly made inappropriate comments about women or minorities," he has told the Hamilton Spectator.
Last updated on the 16th September 2019