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Encyclopedia > Brian Curtin

Brian Curtin is an Irish circuit court judge who was tried for having images of child pornography on his computer. Curtin was found not guilty, and unprecedented moves to remove him from the judiciary were taken. The courts system in the Republic of Ireland consists of the Supreme Court, the High Court and a number of lower courts. ... A judge or justice is an official who presides over a court. ... The term child pornography (sometimes referred to as CP, child porn, or kiddie porn) generally refers to pornography featuring one or more children; however, a precise definition can be elusive, as the terms pornography and child vary in definition according to region and country. ... A computer is a machine capable of undergoing complex calculations. ...


Seizure of evidence

Curtin was targeted by police after investigation of a 1999 credit card transactions in an investigation codenamed Operation Amethyst.[1] Gardai detectives received and executed a search warrant, finding 273 images of child pornography. Curtin's extended absence from his home, however, meant that the search was one day late.[2] 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Operation Amethyst was an Irish Gardai operation targeting child pornography. ... A member of the motorcycle unit of the Garda Síochána. ... A search warrant is a written warrant issued by a judge which authorizes the police to conduct a search of a person or location for evidence of a criminal offense. ...


As the results of an illegal search, the evidence found on that search could not be used in court. Curtain was found not guilty, the judge declaring that the case was "crystal clear".[3] Curtin then refused to step down, stating he only be removed for "stated misbehaviour".[4] A court is an official, public forum which a sovereign establishes by lawful authority to adjudicate disputes, and to dispense civil, labour, administrative and criminal justice under the law. ...


Outcry

Public response was swift. Online opinion polls showed little support for his continuing to serve on the bench.[5]. The Irish Government moved to impeach Curtin within months, saying he was "unsuitable to exercise the office of a judge of the Circuit Court".[6][7] The Government (Irish: Rialtas) is the cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland. ...


References

  1. ^  Barry O'Kelly, Curtin detective rules out virus , The Sunday Business Post May 16, 2004.
  2. ^  Barry O'Kelly, Judge Curtin's home staked out for days, The Sunday Business Post May 02, 2004
  3. ^  Trial of judge Curtin collapses RTE News and Current Affairs, 23 April 2004.
  4. ^  Irish Headlines, Supreme Court to deliver Curtin judgment in March, Ireland Online, January 19 2006
  5. ^  Selected Irish Independent Poll, Do you think Judge Brian Curtin should step down from the bench?, Irish Independant
  6. ^  Motion to impeach judge begins, BBC news, 2 June 2004.
  7. ^  Parliamentary Debate, Motion by the Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Ms Hanafin), Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas, 3 June 2004.

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Player Bio: Brian Curtin :: Men's Basketball (201 words)
Brian Curtin, head coach of the Manhattanville men's basketball program, joined the Dartmouth men's basketball program as an assistant coach in September, 2003.
A 1987 graduate of St. Michael's College, Curtin was captain of the cross country team from 1985-87 and is a member of the St. Michael's athletic hall of fame.
Curtin began his basketball coaching career on the high school level at Burlington (Vt.) HS and at Mount Vernon (Alexandria, Va.) HS before serving as an assistant coach at Marymount University (Arlington, Va.) from 1990-94.
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