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Articles by BAPOO M. MALCOLM

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Come into my cockpit, said the pilot to the VIP

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   02 November 2016 at 13:41

You be the judge. a) A flight engineer of the airline is on the flight, as a passenger. He requests the pilot to show his (engineer’s) daughter the inside of the cockpit. The pilot obliges. b) A plane is delayed. It has to resume its flight to ..

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A court case is not a money-making exercise, yet

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   29 October 2016 at 16:45

Why ask for the moon, when we have the stars,Why ask for the rainbow, when we know it�s ours?� A popular song of yesteryears Should you be the recipient of a summons to appear in court, what would be your first reaction? �Where will ..

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Easing into Easements, Not Easy

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   12 October 2016 at 13:30

You own a home. �A man�s home is his castle.� It means that you can let in, or keep out, anyone you want. None can use that which belongs to another. Period. Why then does the State, to whom the roads belong, allow you to use them f ..

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Pity the overworked athlete

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   28 September 2016 at 11:43

This author loves sports, and the bias may show. Professional sports were historically looked down upon. The British institutionalised them, classifying the amateur cricketer, usually a rich man�s son, as a �Gentleman�, and the work ..

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Judges need not know all laws

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   09 September 2016 at 13:39

In an LLM (Master of Laws) class that this author was attending, students insisted that every judge should know every law. Being the sole opponent of that view was not an enviable position. Yet, the best of jurists have declared that it is not necess ..

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Whatsoever a Man Soweth, that Shall He Reap

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   23 August 2016 at 17:28

Once a reader queried whether this column carried ‘imagined’ instances. We replied that the law is far stranger than fiction and we had no need to invent stories. Now comes a judgement that puts many of our columns into one, single, persp ..

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Need for Speed: Judiciary on Amphetamines?

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   08 August 2016 at 10:39

Just about everybody has an opinion on legal delays. Some, obviously exaggerated, comments put the backlog clearing schedule at a couple of hundred years. Nice after-dinner banter, but way off the mark. Last year, Indian courts cleared two crore case ..

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This judge parted with his pants and lost his shirt

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   25 July 2016 at 13:17

Around the turn of the century, a news report had carried a bizarre story. An American judge gave his trousers (pants) to a Chinese laundry for alteration. Cost $10.50. He then experienced what is a common occurrence; clothes lost at the laundry. Hap ..

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Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan & Champerty

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   11 July 2016 at 10:21

I hate somebody. Virulently. The so-and-so is also breaking the law. I want to teach him a lesson. But I am as poor as a church mouse. Flat broke. What do I do? What would you do? First, desist from litigation just to �show him�. It never ..

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Landlords must lord it over their properties

  BAPOO M. MALCOLM   07 July 2016 at 10:52

The rights and duties of a landlord were the subject of a recent conference. One of the owners discussed the probability of leasing out his property in a building. In his rush for earning a goodly sum, he insisted that he could not be held liable for ..

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