Cruel and Unusual?
A British appellate court has ordered a lower court to watch Jerry Springer so that it can resolve a dispute between the distributors of the “Jerry Springer Show” in Britain and a British television company.
The television company claimed that “By 2001… the ‘vast majority’ of episodes contained content which was unsuitable for daytime viewing and which did not comply with the Independent Television Commission code” and terminated the deal. The distributors claimed breach of contract.
Assuming the article is correct about the content of the order, Lord Justice David Neuberger was not insensitive to the torturous nature of the order:
It must be necessary for the judge who determines such issues to see at least some of the episodes of the two series (although I would strongly encourage the parties to agree a sensible basis upon which the trial judge can reach a conclusion on the two ultimate issues without having to view anything like the totality of all the episodes of both series).
Apparently being downhill has its perils in Britain too.