Saturday, September 3, 2011

ZenTiger Did you hear the one about...

Did you hear the one about the judge who let a child sex abuser walk free?

She did it for a laugh.

No seriously, she did.  She dismissed without conviction because "he makes people laugh"

She also decided to maintain the name suppression order, even though he was guilty.

Maybe she thought it might make his jokes less funny.

But only when he isn't kidding around.

I guess there were extenuating circumstances.  Like the crime wasn't more than 50 years old, and name suppression is hardly the same as "covering things up".

And the Judge's final word on child sex abuse:

Judge Cunningham said the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the gravity of the offence.

NZ Herald: Judges can be funny too

My earlier post on Name Suppression: It's time we had a point scoring system

Lucia wondering back in March if sex offending is not being taken seriously in NZ:

Key Words: Comedian, Entertainer, Sex Abuse, Blame it on drinking, No Justice is No Justice at all, The jails are all too full anyway

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