that Crown Law is considering taking an appeal against Judge Cunningham's decision to grant the second son of the Maori King a conditional discharge without conviction on a range of charges including burglary and drink driving. You can read it here (thanks to Whaleoil).
Her decision to accept Paki's lawyer's submissions that a conviction would mean that he would forfeit any right to the 'ersatz' throne has, quite rightly, received across the board criticism from around the country.
The 'good' Judge does of course have previous form. Her sentence of home detention to Darren Fidow for the brutal bashing and robbery of an 82 YO was, last year, overturned by the Court of Appeal as totally inappropriate. Then there was the case of an unnamed comedian who the Judge discharged without conviction on a charge of molesting his four YO daughter. The man said he was drunk and couldn't remember anything.
If her decision in the Paki case is overturned that makes it two strikes against her. Just a pity the judiciary isn't subject to the three strikes and you're in (or out) as the case may be. Perhaps they should be.
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