The precision of the fiscal punishment to two decimal points makes you wonder what kind of judges are sitting on the bench. The amount reportedly includes the balance of a dinner bill and the cost of two tailored shirts. First off, has the GST been accounted for? Assuming the tailored shirts were really made to measure, their quality (material and workmanship) will have to depend on whether the dinner was held at a hawker center, food court or fancy restaurant. Some press reports mention a Garibaldi dinner, but kopitiams are so up market nowadays it's hard to tell. And whatever happened to the iPod and Mont Blanc pen? The duty free shop at Kuala Lumpur International Airport departure terminal (at Gate C) had a special offer for the latter at $400, but the Raffles City outlet carries more expensive models. Maybe the portable media player and writing instrument turned out to be made in China variants, and could explain why the prof gave her a B grade instead of an A. And why it would be embarrassing to record in the court documents cheap knock-offs are still being sold in Singapore shops.
Earlier the good judge said Tey's corrupt intent hinged on, amongst other things, a balance of power, highlighting that he was 38 when he took advantage of a student at nearly half his age, "just shy of her 21st birthday". To emphasis the point, the judge said she was about 6 years older than Tey's 14-year-old daughter. Okay, the math works here. Power corrupts, we have seen enough daily reminders of that, and we are told he had great influence over her, the future was in his hands. By same extrapolation, didn't Michael Palmer overwhelm the PAssionate grassroots leader with his "past achievements" too? We can only speculate whether Mike sought out to impress Laura, resulting in the homage of mangoes. Only a corruption case in open court can enlighten us further here.
It is doubtful whether anyone in the legal fraternity, or anywhere else on planet earth, will shed a tear for the philanderer. He was dumb to be his own lawyer, but it was downright cruel to cause her to undergo an abortion at such a tender age. Maybe the earth didn't move for either party at the interlude on his office couch, but he should at least have given her an A for the effort. Only then, can we truly file this away as a sex-for-grade case.