“Lawyer wants jinn to testify in court”

That’s genie “jinn” not potable “gin,” though the latter would work as a headline for a different story. The spirit in question was said to have seized a Saudi judge arrested on corruption charges. [Emirates 24/7]


  • awesome defense. Of course, we have that Daubert standard thing here.

  • This could be used as a great opportunity to rid Saudi courts of the whole ‘magic, witchcraft, jinn’ nonsense, but it won’t. Instead, there will be hearings upon hearings, with a likely result that the case gets dropped. Judges look after themselves around the world.

  • Reminds me of the legislative proposal in New Mexico to have psychologists testifying in court dressed as wizards. (No, I am not making this up).

    Specifically, the expert witness “shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts.”

    The psychologist “shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand…. the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong.”

  • […] to this report (via Overlawyered), in 2010 a Saudi defense lawyer demanded that a genie be summoned to testify in open court if the […]