The Sensible Sentencing Trust, currently battling with the Privacy Commission and Pedophile
Human Rights Commission has decided to launch a website highlighting dud judges…and boy aren’t the judges upset by it all.
Here’s a hint for them, stop cuddling crimes, hugging pedophiles and start sentencing people to the maximum not the minimum they can think of.
The Sensible Sentencing Trust plans an assault on the judiciary with a website designed to “out bad judges”.
The victims’ advocacy group says it will launch the website this month but has already set its sights on two judges involved in bail decisions over which it has raised concerns.
The fresh online assault on judges has brought disapproval from government ministers, with Justice Minister Judith Collins and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson speaking against it. The judiciary have also expressed dismay over the move, with opposition from Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue.
An internet domain registry search shows the judgethejudges.co.nz site has been registered by the Sensible Sentencing Trust. It is not connected to this week’s Judging the Judges news series in the Herald.
Trust spokeswoman Ruth Money said it would be based on information sourced by the trust, victims of crime or from members of the public.
“It is a website called Judge The Judges where we are using publicly available information.”
She said greater access to court information was needed to better inform the public.
“At the moment, unless an on-to-it [news] reporter is in the court or a victim has contacted us we are not there to capture what is going on.”
Don’t you just love the Herald, all serious about the Sensible Sentencing Trust judging judges, and distancing themselves from their own series this week doing exactly the same thing.
Judges currently in the trust’s sights include Judge David McNaughton, who is criticised for bailing Christie Marceau’s killer. Justice Mary Peters is another named by the trust – she sentenced a father who broke the legs of his baby daughter to home detention. The sentence was appealed and the man jailed.
There are plenty more..Judge Raoul Neave springs to mind.