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February 15, 2007

You may recall that last August we told you about Rob Moodie, the lawyer who began dressing in women's clothes and who changed his name to "Miss Alice" to protest what he saw as an old boys' network perverting justice in New Zealand's court system. Well, Moodie has now been suspended -- but not for that.

A three-judge panel found Moodie guilty Tuesday of contempt of court, suspended him from practicing law for three months, and fined him 5,000 New Zealand dollars (about $3,400 U.S.) and costs for publishing suppressed documents on the Internet.

Moodie said after the verdict that he would stop practicing law, and that his cross-dressing days -- and name change -- are over. He said he no longer needed to appear "in a 19th-century Alice in Wonderland environment that allows pomp, self-importance, and deference to the court to eclipse the truth."

Moodie's protest began after a coroner's inquest largely blamed a farming couple for the collapse of a bridge on their property that had been built by the army. He obtained documents that apportioned much of the blame for the collapse to faulty wood used by New Zealand Defence Force engineers, and posted the report on the Internet despite a judge's order that it not be distributed.

"It's a culture of intimidation, authority, power and control," said Moodie, a former rugby player and father of three.

Sources: Malaysia Sun, Cnews

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