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who appears without a blindfold as our inspiration, rather than the Roman
concept which is traditionally blindfolded, and actually look at the scales
of justice to see in which direction they are inclined”: Mattlage v. Mattlage,
No. 10-06-00260-CV (Tenth Court of Appeals, Texas).
Bob Friedland was appointed to the City of Richmond Board of Variance for
a three-year term.
The decision in Oliver v. State Tax Com’n of Missouri, 37 S.W.3d 243 (2001)
traced the history of the oath to ancient Greece, noting that “from earliest
times, an oath was a pledge that invoked a deity, and breaking one’s oath
had super-natural or otherworldly consequences.” The court noted: “the
Greek goddess Styx was the goddess of the river of death in the underworld.
The gods swore their oaths beside the river Styx; violation of the oath would
result either in the loss of one’s immortality or being forced by Zeus to drink
of the foul river and lose one’s voice for nine years.” The court explained
that “to the Greeks, the oath served three functions: First, as a solemn
promise or declaration to tell the truth; second, as an appeal to a god or gods
who would guarantee the promise; and third, as a ‘religious sanction’ in the
nature of a threat of punishment if the oath taker committed perjury.”
At its conference in September 2019, the British Labour Party voted to abolish
private schools (except that, in the U.K., they are quaintly known as
public schools). Well, the election may have temporarily trumped that initiative.
But it probably also offends the European Convention on Human
Rights. Article 2 of Protocol 1 provides that “no person shall be denied the
right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation
to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents
to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious
and philosophical convictions.” Two decisions from the European
Commission of Human Rights, Jordebo v. Sweden and Busk Madsen and Pedersen
v. Denmark, establish that the Convention “guarantees the right to
start and run a private school”.
In December 2019, Queen’s Counsel appointments were announced by the
Attorney General for each of Murray Lorne Smith (1977), Paul Thomas
McGivern (1980), Donald John Avison (1981), Michael Dudley Lucas
(1987), Drew Stavers White (1989), Joseph Michael Doyle (1989), Clifford
Gerald Proudfoot (1992), Simon Raymond Coval (1993), James Harvey
Goulden (1993), Rosemarie Ann Keith (1993), Jasmin Zubaida Ahmad
(1995), Louisa Mala Winn (1995), Reidar Meyer Mogerman (1997), James