Thursday, February 11, 2010

Andrei This name suppression just business gets stranger and stranger

If you have been following the news you will have read of the missing woman, Vanessa Pickering and the man who abducted her and her daughter.

Two updates, the first is it seems likely the police have found her body.

The second the gentleman believed to be responsible for all of this appeared in court today, his name is ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ but that has been suppressed in the interim.

The silly thing is though that when this story broke and the police were searching for him and Vanessa Pickering both his name and photograph were given to the media to assist in the search.

And now there are plenty of ways of find both name and photo, not the least checking out yesterdays newspaper.

My questions are why bother to suppress his name?

And are any media outlets which have archived stories online containing this name in breach of the order.

And what about Google cache?

4 comment(s):

dad4justice said...

Our justice system is so dysfunctional that I doubt it can function effectively.It is a sad indictment that such a system is beyond repair and the fact that greedy deranged judges don't care because they're just hanging around to cream the huge salaries on offer is sickening.

Melva said...

I just did a very short post on this, linking to a NZ Herald article... this case has moved fairly quickly.

http://servant.tumblr.com/post/384726281/sex-assault-suspect-found-but-woman-still-missing

-Frank

Melva said...

For what it's worth though, I think name suppression should be granted to everyone until they are convicted if we are to hold to the maxim of "innocent until proven guilty"... but in this case it's silly because of the exact point you've made.

-Frank

Melva said...

...and in some instances, name suppression is wise even after conviction if public awareness would turn innocents connected to the convicted into victims of mob sentencing.

-Frank

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