Lawyer Gives Judges Nazi Salute

GavelA British lawyer with over 50 years of experience has been fined and reprimanded for using a Nazi salute in court. The barrister, Thomas Davidson, was fined £250 and ordered that he pay £1,750 in costs. In writing their decision against the lawyer, the ethics board found he “behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession.”

Though the full context is unavailable — Bar Standards Board (BSB) hasn’t yet published the complete decision. However, a summary *is* available, and it doesn’t sound great for Davidson:

“Following the conclusion of a trial during which he had represented a defendant before a bench consisting of three lay magistrates, and after the chairperson raised with him the issue of his having used a German accent during the proceedings and telling him that this conduct had been inappropriate, Mr Davidson looked at the bench and said ‘Jawohl’ at the same time as raising a hand in a Nazi salute, which conduct was seriously offensive and discreditable.”

As reported by RollOnFriday, “‘Jawohl’ means ‘yes, indeed’ in German, and in a military context has been used when soldiers address their superior officers.”

Davidson can appeal the BSB’s decision.


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