Sunday, July 08, 2018

Gail Maney

Been listening to the Gail Maney case on the RNZ podcast. Mentions my blog-post but not the post or whose blog it was. It's interesting how corporate media try to take ownership of these cases. Its as if they think they are the only people who know about it. The reality is many people know about this case. And of course there are others as well. It seems there is no doubt that Dean and Leah went missing in the same week. The case hinges on the evidence of the two male witnesses who were gave the seven and ten statements respectively. The whole case was pre-cellphone so there is no evidence of location which these days is really important. There is a lack of objective evidence to corroborate what people are saying. Literally no forensic evidence at all.   

Prison Numbers

With prison numbers heading towards 12000 questions are being asked about the cost. There are a number of issues to consider. Firstly the alarming numbers of people who are being sent to prison when the Sentencing Act itself says there should be the least restrictive outcome. The Sentencing Act has never been implemented in the way it was intended. Section 27 of the Act has been completely ignored. People miss out on electronic sentences for economic reasons. Lack of stable housing. And then at the other end we have the Parole Board applying a restrictive approach to letting people out on parole. Then we have cuts in legal aid eligibility so that people end up representing themselves. Together with the denigration of Defence lawyers generally. It all adds up to perfect conditions for an exploding prison population. And of course the biggest issue of all. The fact the system largely consists of white people putting brown people in jail. Since 1980 the Justice system has just become progressively more arrogant. People are leaving. They have had enough of the oligarchy.

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