German court fines lawyers for "absurd" appeal
Two lawyers who repeatedly appealed minor traffic violations were fined and handed two-month bans by Germany's highest court on Thursday for making "absurd and abusive accusations" in their defence.
The Bavaria-based lawyers, who cannot be named under German law, faxed a 1,182-page appeal to the Constitutional Court accusing lower courts of a "maddening ignorance of constitutional rights."
The court ruled that the lawyers, fined 300 euros (385 dollars) and 1,100 euros respectively, did not have the right to "disrupt its ability to work" by "pointlessly" appealing the convictions.
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