his reputation as the 'Hanging Judge Of Horseferry'- has quit -
after being accused of paying for sex with rent boys.
Judge Roger Davies resigned after spending the last year on leave,
which must have been a chore on his £90,000 a year wage. Due to
his early retirement, not only has the investigation which would
have brought out the sordid details has been conveniently stopped,
but he's also still in line for an index-linked pension worth
£45,000 a year. Add to that a lump sum award of just over £100,000
and he's got himself a nice little pension deal worth around £1
Davies was due to try more protesters nicked in May 2003. One of
those he bailed, a young Brighton man, said "I was expecting him
to come down hard on me but he just smiled at me over his glasses;
in hindsight I find that quite worrying."
It seems Davies has done very well, relying on the old boy network
to clean up after his indiscretions with the young boy network.
This comes only four months after another judge, David Selwood,
was allowed to keep his pension after being convicted of
downloading child porn. In 1997 Selwood sent three editors of
Green Anarchist magazine to prison, after they were found guilty
of publishing information liable to 'incite' others to commit
'criminal damage'. Selwood described the magazine as "The most
contemptuous document I have ever seen in my entire career." What
about the kiddy porn he'd been looking at?!?