Magistrate Rod Higgins reaches death benefit claim settlement with Ashleigh Petrie’s mother

Would it have made a difference to what you think/feel when you read this article if he wasn’t a magistrate? What is it about this story that catches the public attention? Is it the age difference? Is it the perceived position/power difference? Or is it both and the nature of their relationships and what it means in terms of entitlement/justification for receiving benefits?
from Phang Legal