Judge Caught Playing Solitaire During Breivik Trial
[QUOTE][B][SIZE="5"]Anders Behring Breivik judge caught playing Solitaire [/SIZE][/B]
One of the five judges in the trial against Anders Behring Breivik has been caught on camera playing solitaire online during proceedings.
In a screen capture published on the website of newspaper Verdens Gang, one of the three lay judges hearing the case, Ernst Henning Eielsen, can be seen playing the card game on his computer as a Swedish professor testifies to the court.
"The judges are attentively following what is being said and what is being presented to the court," an Oslo court spokesman, Irene Ramm, said.
"There are different ways of staying focused," Ramm said, adding that Eielsen did not deny having played a game of cards.
On July 22, 2011, Breivik first bombed a government building in Oslo, killing eight people, before going on a shooting rampage on the nearby island of Utoya where the ruling Labour Party's youth wing was hosting a summer camp.
He killed 69 people in his island massacre, most of them teens.
I doodle, play solitaire or minesweeper or some other mindless activity all the time while on conference calls and such. I hate to be the party pooper here but these activities help me to pay attention.
[QUOTE]A former Oklahoma judge who served prison time for using a penis pump while he presided over trials will have his hefty pension yanked for good, a court decided on Tuesday.
Ex-judge Donald D. Thompson had filed two appeals to have his retirement payments reinstated after they were cut off following a 2006 conviction for indecent exposure and other felony charges, The Oklahoman reported.
Thompson was caught using the sex enhancement device under his robe while he served on the bench as a Cook County judge in 2004 and served 20 months in jail following his conviction.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously upheld Tuesday a lower court's decision that Thompson should lose his monthly $7,789 pension check because his pervy behavior violated his judicial oath.
"Court reporters observed the felonious exposure of Mr. Thompson's private parts, and testified to the fact during the criminal trial," Judge James Winchester said in the ruling, according to The Oklahoman.
"That trial resulted in conviction of felonies. Those felonies violated Mr. Thompson's oath of office," the judge said.
Thompson was a district judge in Creek County from 1982 to August 2004.
He will still receive retirement benefits from his stint as a state legislator from 1974 to 1980, the newspaper said.