The decision discussed in my previous post has provoked a sharp reaction from the German association of attorneys at law (Deutscher Anwaltverein).
Says its president:"it is surprising that the talk is about 'systematic manipulation' whilst the 'empiric findings of the judges' are derived from specific statements of attorneys". One might wonder if finding systematic deviations from a number specific probes is not what empiricism is all about... Still, I feel that the word "systematic" has some kind of an "organized crime"-flavor whcih is maybe ideed somewhat inappropriate.
However, the rumor goes that the criminal case against the attorneys has been dropped.