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Entries Tagged as 'Due Process'

Macsyna King, Representative of the Coming Race

July 8th, 2011 13 Comments

We are simple souls, and so find ourselves “conflicted” (to use pop psych jargon) over the public vituperate venting about one Macsyna King.  How we love a mob.  All heat and no light.  A dirty bomb. Macsyna is coming out of the closet via a book, Breaking Silence: The Kahui Case, written by Ian Wishart.  The mob […]

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Name Suppression and the Balancing of Rights and Freedoms

December 22nd, 2009 4 Comments

God, via the consent of the governed, gives authority to the state to administer justice against those who violate the rights and freedoms of others. Given this, it is important that the citizens can see that justice is being done. My fellow blogger WhaleOil’s very public battle with New Zealand’s name suppression laws and the […]

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In Defence of the Partial Defence of Provocation

July 23rd, 2009 16 Comments

The case we have all watched in horror playing out in the news is over. Clayton Weatherston has been found guilty of murdering Sophie Elliot and his attempt at the partial defence of provocation was rightly shown the contempt it deserved by the court. At MandM we maintained our standard policy of refusing to comment […]

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In Defence of the Defence

November 23rd, 2008 2 Comments

Michael Laws has written a strong piece in the Sunday Star times on child abuse which pulls no punches and calls for a return of the death penalty. Most of what he says is spot on (well there is a bit of the ‘someone else should be doing something’ going on) but this statement is […]

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Rickards, Nicholas and Flaws in the Adversarial System

November 14th, 2008 8 Comments

As someone who intends to share the same career as Clint Rickards I have to say I am uncomfortable hearing that the NZ Law Society has granted Rickards a certificate of character to practice law. I am uncomfortable because the legal system forces us into an absurd position that everyone knows is farcical and yet […]

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A Voting Guide

November 7th, 2008 13 Comments

How to choose who to vote for tomorrow, from Glenn (once again – what can we say? he is brilliant and we ran out of time *ahem*) Extract from: So who AM I voting for? (the election blog, part 3) Basic Human rights/freedomsThere are some bottom line human rights and liberties that should always be […]

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Labour Erodes More Human Rights: The Criminal Procedure Bill

June 20th, 2008 4 Comments

I was absolutely horrified to wake up this morning to hear that Parliament had passed the Criminal Procedure Bill last night. While there were some good things in the Bill (as there usually are) such as the district courts being able to hear P cases, I am most appalled at the attack on double jeopardy; […]

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