French Judge Retires His Robes in Protest at ‘Catastrophic’ Decision in Sarah Halimi Anti-Semitic Murder
A French judge, Jack Broda, with more than 25 years of experience on the bench, resigned from his post on Monday, citing the decision earlier this month of France's highest court to excuse from trial the accused anti-Semitic killer of a Jewish woman in her Paris home in 2017. Broda then urged an amendment to the French penal code that allowed Traore to evade criminal responsibility for his act. The "discernment" rule should not apply if the mental disorder in question "results from the use of narcotics or alcohol" - as was the case with Traore. He invoked the legal maxim "Nemo auditur propriam turpitudinem allegans," which rejects those who seek to use their own depravity as a means of avoiding justice.