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Why is a judge called a beak?

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โˆ™ 2007-12-22 21:43:00

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During the Bubonic Plague, judges visiting prisons used to wear primitive gasmasks, stuffed with herbs or spices thought to ward off the plague - since it looked like a beak... they were referred to as "going before the beak" as they were never seen without it.

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