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In the news... [Nov. 22nd, 2002|08:04 am]
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Princess Anne fined £500 by Slough magistrates yesterday after her bull terrier, Dottie, bit two children on a day out in Windsor Great Park on 1 April 2002. She was also ordered to pay £250 each in compensation to the two boys, as well as £148 court costs, a total of £1,148. This is the first time that a senior Royal has been convicted of a criminal offence since 1649.

Personal thoughts: Whilst I appreciate that Princess Anne is a member of the Royal Family, she also specified that she wanted to be treated the same as anyone else in this hearing. Surely that means that the Judge should have ruled that the dog should be put down? If it was anyone else, that's what would have happened. Oh, and she was the only person who was not searched as they entered the court. Tell me that isn't special treatment. I love the irony of this case though, it's titled "Regina vs. Anne Elizabeth Alice Laurence". :o)

[User Picture]From: brainlag
2002-11-22 02:14 am (UTC)
You have your facts slightly wrong here.

Dogs are put down when they attack children. There has been no evidence (to my knowledge) that this is about anything more than a playful bite like the type my kittens sometimes give me.

It's a magistrate court, not a crown court. BIG difference. There is no jury or judge or anything like that in a magistrates court, just a magistrate who does everything (oh, and there's the administrative staff there).

It is not normal process to search anyone entering a magistrates court.

To be honest, it sounds like you've been reading the tabloids too much or watching too much news. Watch Newsround. Not only does it have the cutest presenter ever, it's also the only news program to be completely objective.
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[User Picture]From: aaronr
2002-11-23 04:05 am (UTC)
If the dog's dangerous they should have it put down.. and the same goes for the bull terrior ;-)
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