| Michael Snow|
|Born||Michael Paul Snow|
Michael Snow is a District Judge in London who in 2011 was critical of "pacissifical" protesters.
|Judge Michael Snow sending down "pacissifical" protesters in 2011|
On 11 April 2019, at Westminster Magistrates Court, District Judge Michael Snow labelled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a “narcissist” as he was found guilty of skipping bail after spending nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy. The attempt by Assange’s legal team to paint the activist as a victim of bias in his previous hearings was “unacceptable”, Judge Snow told the packed courtroom:
- “His assertion that he has not had a fair hearing is laughable. And his behaviour is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests.”
The WikiLeaks founder, who had pleaded not guilty, now faces up to 12 months in prison in relation to the 2012 charge of failing to surrender to the court and will be later sentenced at Southwark Crown Court at an unspecified date.
Separately, Assange is due to appear in court via video link on 2 May 2019 at Westminster Magistrates Court in relation to the US extradition charge of conspiring with Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer and disclose sensitive documents in 2010.
Disgrace to the bench
If a Russian opposition politician were dragged out by armed police, and within three hours had been convicted on a political charge by a patently biased judge with no jury, with a lengthy jail sentence to follow, can you imagine the Western media reaction to that kind of kangaroo court? Yet that is exactly what just happened in London.
District Judge Michael Snow is a disgrace to the bench who deserves to be infamous well beyond his death. He displayed the most plain and open prejudice against Assange in the 15 minutes it took for him to hear the case and declare Assange guilty, in a fashion which makes the dictators’ courts I had witnessed, in Babangida’s Nigeria or Karimov’s Uzbekistan, look fair and reasonable, in comparison to the gross charade of justice conducted by Michael Snow.
One key fact gave away Snow’s enormous prejudice. Julian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”. There was nothing that happened in Snow’s brief court hearing that could conceivably have given rise to that opinion. It was plainly something he brought with him into the courtroom, and had read or heard in the mainstream media or picked up in his club. It was in short the very definition of prejudice, and “Judge” Michael Snow and his summary judgement is a total disgrace.
|Document:Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles.||blog post||12 April 2019||Craig Murray||Julian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”.|
|Document:Julian Assange denied access to lawyers, visitors in Britain’s Belmarsh prison||Article||24 April 2019||Oscar Grenfell||Chelsea Manning’s punitive detention is a warning of the treatment that will be meted out to Julian Assange if he is extradited to the US|