New York Judge waxes lyrical

January 2005

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New York judge delivered a fairly unusual summary of his decision in a case of medical malpractice using lyrics to make his point. The case involves Dr Gil Lederman who is accused of forcing George Harrison to autograph a guitar on his deathbed. Dr Lederman had applied for a change of trail venue claiming he could not get a fair trial in Staten Island. Judge Robert Gigante agreed saying “Something in the folk he treats …. attracts bad press like no other …. he’s in our jurisdiction now … he gets Beatles autographs somehow ….” adding (with apologies to George Harrison) “If this case I were to keep, The Defendant would surely weep”. The case will be moved to Albany.

Source: The Times 26 November 2004

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