Monday, December 3, 2007

If The Law Is An Ass .... ?

The Solicitor General has ordered The Herald to remove from it's website ARCHIVE two references to an accused murderer, on the grounds that the archive references constitute a contempt of court.

Is this the same Solicitor General who advised the police on the legal nuances associated with their surveillance leading up to the raids which netted Tame Iti and his fellow terrorists? The same Solicitor General who waited until the police had carried out the raids before advising the no doubt shocked police that they had been wasting their time because the legislation was 'incoherent' and they could not bring charges? The same Solicitor General who presides over a regime which then would prevent the public from seeing the evidence upon which the police based their request for arrest and search warrants?

If the law is an ass, then the Solicitor General is a donkey.

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7 comments:

KG said...

I posted on this as well, Adolf.
It has eerie echoes of the USSR and their predeliction for airbrushing history.
Looking forward to the opinion of the Herald's lawyers...

Keeping Stock said...

This seems to be an abuse of power by the Solicitor General. The accused in the Agnew murder did NOT seek name suppression. So it follows on that anything in his past is now in the public domain.

Anonymous said...

Thank god the "law of commonsense" will protect us from the excesses of the EFB.

Anonymous said...

What kg said

flashgordonnz said...

If the Law is an arse, then the SG is a c**k. Maybe? (I'll go and wash me mouth out now.)

Randominanity said...

Interesting point of view.

Only slightly compromised by the fact that police never sought any advice from the SG on the legal nuances of the charges they sought to lay under the TSA until it went to him for a determination.

Collins made it crystal clear at his press conference (and it was reported) that police got their initial advice from other independent sources - none of which included him.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I distinctly recall reading that the police consulted the Crown Law Dept throughout the eighteen months or so of surveillance. Does the SG exist in some other world?