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Retrial ordered after judge falls asleep

TT/The Local/pvs · 4 Feb 2012, 09:43

Published: 04 Feb 2012 09:43 GMT+01:00

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"It is very important aspect of the legal process that the person trying the district court decision is present," said the prosecuting counsel Margareta Esplund to broadcaster TV4.

The judge meanwhile rejected the assertion that he had taken the chance to grab forty winks during the course of court proceedings but accepted that he would be no longer able to preside over the case.

Margareta Esplund however explained to TV4 that the body of evidence based on what she had witnessed in court indicated the contrary.

"Normally when a person falls asleep there are certain indications of this - you start by closing your eyes and then the head falls forward... followed by jerking movements as you pull yourself together."

Esplund continued to add that "you can never be entirely certain" if someone has fallen asleep but emphasised that in this instance all the indications are that this was the case.

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The judge explained his decision to rule himself out of the retrial in that the situation had left him with a conflict of interest.

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15:24 February 4, 2012 by Children Of Adam
Was it Asylum seeker case at the Immigration court?

It does not surprise me when 95% of these lawyers and court Judges who are depended on the Immigration's money , would fall asleep.

These Lawyers and Judges showed how careless they are!
17:50 February 4, 2012 by Mb 65
I was on a jury in the UK and the judge fell asleep. It was really funny because all the jury noticed before anyone else did. I don't believe that half the time they even listening.
12:46 February 5, 2012 by ghaziusman
I think it was a asylum case, why do I think that?? coz judge fell asleep..
15:53 February 5, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Supposing judges keep on falling asleep? The case could end up at the European Court of Justice... Lol!
17:26 February 5, 2012 by Dolores Claesson
With so much lyme disease and co infections in Sweden, I think he fell asleep cause he most likely has lyme and needs a nap in the afternoon. I have many friends in the Goteborg area with lyme and they are missing school or can not work etc. Time for Sweden to fess up and deal with this huge epidemic ! My daughter has been deathly ill after a trip to southern Sweden and the Baltic Sea. Seems as if the Swedish government is in complete denial that its citizens are so ill and no one is paying the slightest bit of attention to the problem !
23:03 February 5, 2012 by BillyB
any case where the judge falls asleep should be thrown out of court as too boring
17:15 February 6, 2012 by mkwrk2
Does it really matter for this judge's career?

Are any examples of losing their immunity because of wrong orders?

A nap is good for health, anyway.

Michael Kerjman
09:39 February 7, 2012 by EP
No wonder Assange has concerns with the legal system in Sweden ....
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