Some readers in New Zealand will have been following the quite extraordinary saga of Liberal bon vivant, sleazebag and small time crook MP turned Labor stooge and Speaker, conveniently turning a Gillard parliamentary majority of one seat into two.(Unless I am mistaken.)
Amidst all the visits to brothels, taxi chit rorting, riotous living and extensive travel - all on the tax payer - Slipper managed to sexally harass one of his staff - a young bloke, no less. Eclectic are the tastes of Mr Slipper who looks as though he should be well past all that nonsense and who makes Shane Jones look like a small town Vicar. He has since resigned (tearfully) as Speaker.
Anyway, the harassed staff member brought criminal charges, backed by strong evidence, against Slipper - only to have the case dismissed on account of his motive allegedly being political. Of course the staffer is appealing the decision to throw the case out.
I'd appreciate some advice from practicing lawyers as to whether such a reason for dismissal is a first. I've never heard of anything like it. Let's face it, any criminal case against a politician will involve political motives.
Philip Field was charged because he threatened to damage Helen Clark's Labour Party. If only he could have called on the Slipper precedent, he might have remained a free man and an MP.
Who said the law is an ass?