152 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 1 JANUARY 2019
On February 14, 2017, Judge Victoria Valentine was invested as a judge of
the Oakland Country Circuit Court in Michigan.
Justice John Champion, who sits on the Supreme Court of Victoria (so
named after the Australian state, rather than the British Columbia capital),
was recently perturbed to discover that the Peter Brown brought to appear
before him for sentencing in a murder case was, in fact, the wrong Peter
Brown. “What particularly unimpresses me is I don’t detect anyone here
from Corrections,” said the judge. “They haven’t had the courtesy to appear
before the court, knowing the mistake has been made.” The right Peter
Brown was later sentenced to 30 years with no chance for parole for 24. Presumably
the Peter Brown who had been riding a bicycle without lights was
In 2013 the Georgetown Law Weekly devised some U.S. Supreme Court Valentine’s
Day cards featuring caricatures of various judges. Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg was shown saying, “You violated the 5th Amendment when you
took my heart without due process”; Justice Clarence Thomas as saying,
“Who needs this Valentine? My love for you is res ipsa loquitur”; and Justice
Antonio Scalia as saying, “Love? I know it when I see it.”
Gurleen Singh Sahota was appointed as a member of the Delta Police
Board for a term ending December 31, 2019.
The Legal Services Society saw the appointment of three new directors for
one-year terms: Nathalie J. Baker, Christine E. Martin and Gisela R.L.
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, a gangland killing associated with Al
Capone, occurred in Chicago on February 14, 1929.
The Guardian reported that Irish police were handicapped in their search
for a stolen van as they were unable to issue a description. It was a special
branch vehicle and they did not want the public to know what it looked like.
“Splendor Sine Occasu”, the Latin words under the dome of the Parliament
Buildings in Victoria, is also the motto on the province’s coat of arms. The
B.C. government’s website explains that “this Latin phrase means ‘Splendour
without diminishment’. The motto refers to the sun on the shield of
the coat of arms, which, although setting, never decreases.”