Exclusive: lawyer suspended for naked advocacy
03 October 2014
A 52-year-old French lawyer has been suspended for appearing in court wearing nothing under his robes.
The un-named Strasbourg advocate admitted to appearing sans briefs for a couple of years. He was only caught out on a warm day in July. An unexpected blast from an air conditioning unit made his robes billow up, the judges were treated to a view of his junk and he ran from court covered in confusion.
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The lawyer told his disciplinary body that he was often naked at home, and it was just quicker and easier to pull on his robes without the bother of getting dressed first. An excuse which didn't wash - the tribunal found that his behaviour fell short of the standards expected of his profession and suspended him for three months. He intends to appeal.