A very elegant wife of an advocate objected strenuously to a $15 fine for failing to stop at a stop sign. She was represented per amici by a colleague advocate, who rolled his eyes but called her to give evidence.
The woman agreed she had not stopped completely but had slowed right down and checked carefully to see that the way was clear.
She argued that she had complied with the spirit of the law and felt she should not be penalised. I disagreed.
A magistrate could not allow autonomy in selection of which laws to comply with and the choice of when it was suitable to do so.
I confirmed the fine, regretting that I could not treble it to shake her blinkered views. She was incensed and wanted to appeal.
(extract from “A Rough Justice – Reminiscensces of a Rhodesian Magistrate”)
I suppose she was unstoppable..?