In Kenya, Judges make two rulings that is years in prison or death sentence depending on the criminal offences done. Death sentence ruling is one of the difficult moments judges have whenever they have related cases on their hands. I have seen judges make several rulings in many occasions, for instance the recent Building Bridges Initiative BBI ruling and the 2017 presidential ruling in the Supreme Court.
In some cases, judges make a death sentence ruling and break their pens nib. Have you ever asked yourself why the do so? Well let me share with you the reason why judges break their pens nib after making a death sentence ruling.
1.To show that they have distanced themselves from the decision made and the associated guilt.
2.Once a ruling is made, written and signed, the judges will no longer revisit or revoke the ruling.
3.Traditionally, the practice of breaking a pen's nib is a symbolic of a belief that that pen should not be used ever again in any ruling purpose.
4.Death sentence ruling is a very sad ruling hence when a judge breaks the pen's nib, it shows or communicates the feeling.
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