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My personal brushes with the judiciary have been few and far between. As a cub reporter, I was once ticked off at Crawley Magistrates Court by a particularly stern magistrate for chewing gum in court. In fact, I was chewing a pen top, but thought better of putting her right on that detail. And once, while covering a trial at Chichester Crown Court, the CPS prosecutor handed the judge a copy an article I had written and claimed I had committed contempt of court by identifying the defendant. The judge waved away the complaint and my heart started beating again.

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