On a Friday after work, there is nothing better we Northern Territory criminal lawyers like to do as we kick back and sip on our glasses of Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 2009 than to get stuck into the beak of the week.
The particulars vary. We whinge about the smiling assassins and the limp dishrags, the cynics and the pushovers, the over-polite silvertails and the over-the-top bullies, the slowcoaches and the express trains.
But one of the magistrates we tend not to whinge about is Peter Maley SM.
It is generally considered that on the bench he is able, astute, affable, efficient, sensitive and fair.
Mr Maley, however, is also at the centre of a legal storm, largely if not entirely of his own making, arising from his apparent failure or refusal to unequivocally dissociate himself from party politics after taking judicial office.READ MORE