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Aug. 21st, 2006

A Philippines judge who said he consulted imaginary mystic dwarves has failed to convince the Supreme Court to allow him to keep his job.

Florentino Floro was appealing against a three-year inquiry which led to his removal due to incompetence and bias.

He told investigators three mystic dwarves - Armand, Luis and Angel - had helped him to carry out healing sessions during breaks in his chambers.

The court said psychic phenomena had no place in the judiciary. The bench backed a medical finding that the judge was suffering from psychosis.

The Manila trial judge had asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the complaint and return him to the bench, after being sacked in April. “They should not have dismissed me for what I believed,” Mr Floro told reporters after filing his appeal in May.

The judge said he had made a covenant with his dwarf friends that he could write while in a trance and that he had been seen by several people in two places at the same time. Judge Floro reportedly changed from blue court robes to black each Friday “to recharge his psychic powers”.

In a letter to the court he said: "From obscurity, my name and the three mystic dwarves became immortal."

However, the Supreme Court said dalliance with dwarves would gradually erode the public's acceptance of the judiciary as the guardian of the law, if not make it an object of ridicule.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
I think the judiciary is being smallminded. If you'll forgive the ... uh...
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
Isn't it actually dwarfs? I thought that it was Tolkein who introduced the term dwarves.

That, I think, is the important issue here.
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Yes, it is. I decided to leave the Beeb's spelling intact as a honey trap for pedants.
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
Mmm, honey. Only a small leap from that to mmm, Maltesers.

chiller and I are off to the theatre on Thursday. Want to come?
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, the 39 wossnames?
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
The 39 Dwarves.
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
I'll give you 39 dwarves.
Aug. 21st, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Excellent. They can mine for gold in the cellar.
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
Yes. We may also meet slackhack for a drink after.
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