The fart of freedom broke the solemnity of the judicial proceedings:
A quiet courtroom break was interrupted as a man waiting to be sent to prison broke wind.
Magistrates had retired to consider their sentence of a Lincoln man appearing on shop theft charges when the trump rippled through the air.
The courtroom began to resemble a scene from the school playground as giggles broke out among solicitors and other legal representatives.
Odor was quickly restored, however.
In other judicial news from across the pond, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that obesity can be a disability.
According to Jacob Sand, Kaltoft’s lawyer, the ruling means employers will have an “active obligation” to cater to the needs of their obese staff members who are considered disabled, because discrimination on the grounds of disability is illegal under European Union law.
This could mean providing car parking spaces closer to the office, changes to workers’ desks and other modifications.
Anticipate challenges to the ruling from some of the 28 member countries. Perhaps it could be resolved by simply declaring that all humans are disabled in some way.