Canadian judge suspended for wearing Trump hat

Justice Bernd Zabel (right) admitted the stunt — which sparked a record 81 complaints from legal associations. (Courtesy: (John Rennison / The Hamilton Spectator via thestar)
Updated 13 September 2017
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Canadian judge suspended for wearing Trump hat

OTTAWA: A Canadian judge was suspended for 30 days without pay Tuesday for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap in court the day after Donald Trump’s election.
Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel, 69, “breached the standards of judicial conduct,” according to a judicial conduct review panel.
The panel met last month to discuss possible sanctions against the judge, which included recommending to the attorney general his removal from the bench.
But, despite branding his behavior “aberrant and inexplicable,” the panel concluded his record on the bench along with his reputation among judicial colleagues and the bar “demonstrates that he is an entirely fair minded and impartial judge.”
Zabel admitted the stunt — which sparked a record 81 complaints from legal associations, law professors, lawyers and the public — constituted an error in judgment.
Soon after the outcry, he apologized for what he described as a “misguided attempt to mark a moment in history by humor in the courtroom following the surprising results in the United States election.”


Tesla’s Musk apologizes for his comments on British caver

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Tesla’s Musk apologizes for his comments on British caver

  • Musk had previously defended his earlier tweets, saying that Vern Unsworth had also verbal attacked him
  • Unsworth is currently receiving legal advice on the comments Musk made

Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk apologized to British caver Vern Unsworth for comments he made about him following the rescue of a dozen Thai schoolboys and their football coach from a cave in northern Thailand.
“His actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader,” Musk said in a tweet. “The fault is mine and mine alone.”
Unsworth, who played a leading role in the rescue, said on Tuesday that he has been approached by British and American lawyers and will seek legal advice after Musk directed abuse at him on Twitter.