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UK judge sacked for 'abusive' comments on news articles about his cases

Under a pseudonym, the judge called commenters “donkeys” and “trolls”.

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A UK JUDGE has been removed from his post after posting inappropriate comments under an online article about a case he was involved in.

The website at the centre of the dispute KentOnline, reports that Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw, of Maidstone Chambers in Kent, used a pseudonym to call commenters “donkeys” and “trolls”.

He accused others of being “narrow-minded and bigoted” – and also complained “lots of warty fingers at work here” in response to comments he disapproved of.

In a statement from the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, a spokesperson said:

“Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw was subject to a conduct investigation for using a pseudonym to post comments (some of which were abusive) on a newspaper website about a case in which he had been a judge and another in which he had been a barrister.

In his own name he also used publicly available social media sites to post material or not remove material which was not compatible with the dignity of judicial office or suggested a lack of impartiality on matters of public controversy.

The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice said that his behaviour “fell below the standard expected of a judicial office holder” and removed Dunn-Shaw from judicial office.

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Dunn-Shaw told the BBC he would be appealing to the Ombudsman “to complain about the procedure, which to my mind was flawed and unfair”.

Their other condemnation is of comments I made on the pages of Facebook friends which I believed to have been private.

“It seems to me unfair that the tracking of anonymous material places me where I am now,” he said.

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