In the course of my daily research of the news (environmental stories for work, and political, economic, and other serious news for here
) I come across unusual stories fairly often. Here's a couple that caught my attention.
Firstly, any sports fan knows the feeling of disappointment when someone on your favourite team makes a really bad play. Maybe you've had the fleeting feeling that "that guy ought to be hanged
for that!" Well, it looks like Pakistani cricket fans might have a chance of seeing that happen for real:
LAHORE: A Pakistan court on Tuesday summoned seven national cricket players, the country's sports minister and its cricket chief to face treason charges over fixing allegations in England.Source
The chief justice of the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore said those under investigation in England, plus sports minister Ijaz Jakharani and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt must appear on September 7.
Local lawyer Ishtiaq Ahmed filed the treason case on Monday, calling for life bans and confiscation of all the players' assets if they are found guilty. The charge carries a maximum death penalty.
, my bold. Seems a bit excessive, but hey.
Next, consider this:
Naked photographs of a senior Manitoba judge engaged in bondage are part of a man's complaints to legal watchdogs about the judge's past and that of her husband, CBC News has learned.
A formal complaint was filed in July with the Canadian Judicial Council against Lori Douglas, associate chief justice of Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench (family division). Another complaint has been lodged with Manitoba's Law Society against Douglas's husband, Jack King, 64, a Winnipeg family lawyer.
The complainant, computer specialist Alexander Chapman, 44, alleges that King harassed him in 2003 by pressing him to have sex with Douglas, who was a lawyer at the time.
Over several weeks, Chapman said King showed him about 30 sexually explicit photos of Douglas, showing her naked in various forms of bondage, in chains, with sex toys and performing oral sex.Source
Edited to add: Now that Douglas has had to step down from the bench, I've decided to tackle the issue on my serious blog
Edited again to add: Checking my SiteMeter stats on the other blog, it seems someone found my blog by searching for "lori douglas photos" within minutes
of my post. And no, I don't have the photos...