Quote of the week

Although judicial proceedings will generally be bound by the requirements of natural justice to a greater degree than will hearings before administrative tribunals, judicial decision-makers, by virtue of their positions, have nonetheless been granted considerable deference by appellate courts inquiring into the apprehension of bias. This is because judges ‘are assumed to be [people] of conscience and intellectual discipline, capable of judging a particular controversy fairly on the basis of its own circumstances’: The presumption of impartiality carries considerable weight, for as Blackstone opined at p. 361 in Commentaries on the Laws of England III . . . ‘[t]he law will not suppose possibility of bias in a judge, who is already sworn to administer impartial justice, and whose authority greatly depends upon that presumption and idea’. Thus, reviewing courts have been hesitant to make a finding of bias or to perceive a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of a judge, in the absence of convincing evidence to that effect.

L'Heureux-Dube and McLachlin JJ
Livesey v The New South Wales Bar Association [1983] HCA 17; (1983) 151 CLR 288
24 February 2007

Useless but priceless information…

Before FNB irritated the President and his advisors, it irritated the rest of us by sponsoring widely advertised talks about how one should love one’s money, by one Suze Orman. That woman’s prattle about how one would become rich if one only thought about it, more seemed particularly galling in a country where many poor people go hungry at night.

In any case, now we hear that, Suze Orman, the financial guru to millions, is a lesbian in a committed relationship of seven years.

Money quote:

Orman says they’d like to get married, and both “have millions of dollars in our name. It’s killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa.”

Maybe if she just though positively she’ll manage to change the US into a wonderfully homo-tolerant society.and before you know it, same-sex marriage will be allowed in all 50 states.

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