During the case he was very apologetic to Steven Thoburn, even inviting him to leave the court at any time to look after his business. Steven promptly did...to deliver potatoes!
He was found guilty of the crime of selling bananas by the pound...hardly a grave threat to the public at large.
It therefore seems rather anomalous that a different principle seems to have been applied here.
Judge in 159mph Fury
By ANDREW PARKER
THE judge who cleared 159mph traffic cop Mark Milton is the man who found Metric Martyr Steve Thoburn guilty of selling bananas by the pound.
District Judge Bruce Morgan was blasted by safety groups for clearing the 38-year-old patrol officer of dangerous driving and speeding.
In 2001 The Sun launched a Save Our Scales campaign when Steve was conditionally discharged for six months.
Tragically, Sunderland market trader Steve died last year, aged just 39.
His pal Neil Herron said last night: How someone driving at 159mph is less of a threat than a man selling bananas is beyond me.
He has asked to be taken off fast response duties after the case.
Motoring groups including the RAC said his let-off showed there was one rule for the police and one for the rest.
Hundreds of Sun readers have now pledged to fight their speeding fines.
Dee Saunders, clocked at 41 in a 30mph zone in the area where PC Milton works, said:If its good enough for him it should be good enough for me.