Judges* Refuse* to Hear Case

Judges in Taiwan have refused to try* a case between two millionaire neighbors.  Factory owner Bai Lianping claims* that heiress* Wang Xuan’s dog, a Pekingese, bit his housekeeper on  the ankle.
The original case is minor, but the neighbors have staged a series of publicity stunts* which have captured the public’s attention.  In the most recent one, heiress Wang Xuan, who owns the dog, hired 8 models in swimsuits to protest outside the court against the judges “silencing justice.”
A court spokesman said “It has become a farce and the courts are not a playground for rich people.”

Paid to Protest

Vocabulary:
judge – soudce
refuse – odmítnout
try – soudit
claim – tvrdit
heiress – dědička
publicity stunt – reklamní trik
Question for discussion:
Can judges do this?

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