Thursday, August 14, 2008


Well, this would be a highly amusing story if it weren't so tragic. James Muir-Little, a partner and Head of Family Law at Canterbury solicitors Furley Page has resigned his post as a deputy district judge after apparently being involved in a sordid sex scandal. According to the Telegraph report, Muir-Little cheated on his wife when he met Joanne Hall on an internet website for swingers. They then "exchanged naked pictures and sexual fantasies by email before twice meeting for sex at hotels". All good tabloid newspaper material, but then tragedy struck. When Hall's husband found out about the affair he killed their three-year-old daughter in revenge. He was found guilty of murder in November 2006 and is now serving a life sentence.

Meanwhile, the Office for Judicial Complaints commenced disciplinary proceedings against Muir-Little, but his resignation has ended the investigation.


  1. A life sentence with a 15 year tariff, I received this for manslaughter. Perhaps the trial judge saw him as some kind of victim and gave him a reduction for his wife's infidelity? If this is the case, does it really warrant a reduction in sentence?

  2. I'm no criminal lawyer, but it does seem a little odd, particularly as the judge specifically rejected manslaughter - as if he had to reject it, but didn't want to.

  3. Judicial Scandal has always been a bit, well, too wierd for my tastes, particularly when resignation seems the best way to avoid the possibility of further retribution.
    What a tragic, tragic case......

  4. Yes, judges can be weird. It is incredibly tragic.

  5. The U.K. seems so prim and proper, but also very sordid with equally tragic scandals to us her in the U.S.A. The two parties in question look very (trying to be nice) "average." The thought of them exchanging naked pictures of each other is very nauseating. I wish the judge would be sited in some manner. Resigning should be just the beginning. I realize that judges are people too, but they are need to be held to a higher code than your average "Joe-Blow" (pardon the pun).


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