Even if Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist is right that “law is an ass,” it can at least be a romantic ass. While Bumble was upset at the statement of the court that “…the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.” However, a 54-year-old man found a uniquely sensitive jurist in a Dublin court where a judge excused him from jury duty to pursue “the love of his life.”
The lovelorn prospective juror explained that he really needed a long weekend because he was for the “first time in love.” Journalist Sarah Jane Murphy recorded what was exchanged between them:
Jury selection, CCJ, yesterday.
Man: I can’t serve; I’m away for weekend.
Judge: We don’t sit at weekends.
Man: I’m away till Monday. I’m 54, a bachelor & it’s my 1st time in love.
Judge: Then you GO and you GO with my blessing.
It was truly an epic moment