Jason Dunn-Shaw Sacked for trolling people on online news stories
Jason Dunn-Shaw Sacked for trolling people on internet news reports
Judge Jason Dunn-Shaw sacked for trolling newspaper comments segments.
A judge who supposedly used a pseudonym to call one critic a “donkey” and others “little minded and bigoted” in the remark part of a local news website was sacked.
Jason Dunn-Shaw, who was a Recorder and a barrister at Canterbury, supposedly used the online name ‘Querelle’ to strike back at folks who criticized him, trolling them with abusive comments accusing them of not “thinking things through.”
It is alleged that he commented on a Kent Online post about a situation that he equaling at Canterbury Crown Court, under which one commenter had composed that they thought the defendant’s sentence had been too lenient. Dunn-Shaw is accused of trying to justify his decision, while calling his critic a “donkey,” with his pseudonym to conceal his identity.
After the accusations surfaced, Dunn-Shaw seemed to suggest that his partner had been responsible, telling the Mail Online that it could be “quite improper” for him to post them himself.
Another story on the identical regional paper’s website reported on a family that had been convicted of scamming an 80-year-old dementia victim. Dunn-Shaw, who was the defense counsel in the case, supposedly started posting comments from ‘Querelle’ going into great detail regarding the circumstances.
The fraud victim’s son afterwards submitted a complaint to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO).
In a statement released on Tuesday, the JCIO said Dunn-Shaw had been dismissed after his “behaviour dropped below the standard expected.”
“Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw was subject to a run investigation for using a pseudonym to post comments (some of which were still violent) on a newspaper website about a case in which he had been a judge and a second in which he had been a barrister,” a spokesperson said.
“In his own name that he also used publically available social networking sites to post content or not eliminate material that was not compatible with the dignity of judicial office or indicated a lack of impartiality on topics of public controversy.
“The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice concluded that this behaviour fell below the standard expected of a judicial office holder and have removed Mr Dunn-Shaw from judicial office.”
Dunn-Shaw told the BBC he’d appeal to the Ombudsman “to complain about the process, which in my mind was flawed and unfair,” the announcement says.