I remember you telling that story. it's a shame, because I love standing chokes, and hearing that story tells me that there are refs here in FL who may do the same thing against me.
I love standing chokes because they're a great potentially-ippon-scoring defense against a great many forward throw attempts (for example, nobody tries to do soto makikomi on me at the dojo anymore because they've all learned firsthand about a particular very effective standing choke I do).
and rjohnston, no not all refs are incompetent. many are very good. some are excellent. all are volunteers, without which the tournaments wouldn't run. and most, like yourself, are always trying to get better at judo (and being a ref is an aspect of judo). it's just a shame that the place and time for them to practice is the same place you go to compete.
but since there are incompetent ones out there, it's not uncommon for people to blame a loss on an incompetent ref when it was actually the competitor who didn't understand the rules.