Friday, 10 June 2011

Is this a super-injunction which I see before me?

According to The Sun today, Mr Justice Tugendhat referred to Shakespeare in his judgment turning down the paper's appeal against the gagging order that prevents it naming the colleague with whom former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin had an affair.

The Sun says his 35-page ruling "bizarrely referred to Romeo and Juliet!"

It quotes from the judgment: "Shakespeare invites the audience to sympathise with Juliet. The audience will consider that she had a reasonable expectation of privacy, at least until she exchanged marriage vows with Romeo."

Mr Justice Tugendhat decided that Sir Fred's affair did not distract him and had no impact on the bank's downfall. He said naming the woman would "be likely to cause distress to her".

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