In family court, a judge turns to ridicule to defuse the rage – The Globe and Mail

by Annette Burns on December 18, 2010

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be fascinated by this horrific story of a custody case from Ontario, Canada.  You might disagree with the way the judge chose to handle this extremely high-conflict couple in his decision, or you might recognize that resorting to sarcastic humor was not an unreasonable reaction to such unreasonable people.

Faced with warring ex-spouses besieging one another with threats and verbal abuse and dragging their children into it too, Ontario Superior Judge Joseph Quinn resorted to the only tool he had left – a highly unusual verbal roasting.



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