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Bid to sue top judge dropped.


A LAWYER has dropped his legal action against the Chief Justice of Ireland The Chief Justice of Ireland[1] is the president of the Supreme Court of Ireland.

Under Constitution of Ireland, the Chief Justice of Ireland also occupies several positions ex officio, these include;
  • A possible judge of the High Court.

Giovanni di Stefano Giovanni di Stefano (born 1955) is a European lawyer[] based in Italy who frequently works in the United Kingdom. He has made a reputation advising the defence in high-profile criminal cases in English and international courts.  had claimed his reputation had been damaged by John L Murray and started a defamation case.

The issue arose from Di Stefano's involvement with Patrick "Dutchy" Holland in his appeal against an explosives conviction.

It was alleged that in pre-trial comments Justice Murray said he could not understand how an "unqualified" person could represent Holland.

He said during the hearing that Stefano "showed an astonishingly a·ston·ish  
tr.v. as·ton·ished, as·ton·ish·ing, as·ton·ish·es
To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise.
 ignorance of Irish Law".

Mr di Stefano lodged a complaint to the High Court in England and wanted the Lord Chief Justice struck off.

Now Di Stefano has dropped the action.

He said: "Mr Murray is a great jurist and his loss would outweigh the benefit of a victory in a defamation case.


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 12, 2006
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