Crime

Who cares? Why do the media cuddle crims?

David “Tainted” Fisher has his knickers in a bunch over some apparently “wrong” statistics used to justify the toughening up of laws regarding gangs.

I might be missing something here but why is “Tainted” and his employer mounting a campaign on behalf of scum gang members?

Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem.

The briefing paper told ministers 4000 gang members alone were responsible for a huge number of drug and violence crimes, including murders.

The release of the document through the Official Information Act followed the earlier discovery the wrong information had been used in a press release to justify the policy.

Cabinet ministers were also given the wrong information.

The information, which appeared to have been provided by police to the minister’s office, went before Cabinet in June before the August announcement.

The new measures passed by Cabinet were targeted at gang members who were said to be responsible for huge levels of criminal activity. They also show the Government contemplating greater powers for police to tackle gang activity.

Sociologist and gang researcher Dr Jarrod Gilbert outed then Police Minister Anne Tolley over the inaccurate press release and said it was “absurd” the wrong information had also gone to Cabinet. “This was an error of epic proportions. The problem by comparison is almost insignificant.”

The inaccurate figures had suggested the 4000 gang members in New Zealand were personally responsible for about 1500 serious violence and drug charges. New figures show this year gang members were actually responsible for 26 of the 649 serious drug charges laid. They were also responsible for 61 of 868 violence charges.

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Stephen Franks lashes a judge for her dodgy 3 strikes ruling

Stephen Franks lambasts a judge over her wonky and dodgy 3 strikes ruling last week.

There has been surprisingly little attention paid to the Court‚Äôs decision last Friday¬†not ‚Äúto order that [a gang murderer] serve a life sentence without parole‚ÄĚ despite the judge‚Äôs admission that¬†she was ‚Äúrequired [by the three strikes law] to order that [he] serve that life sentence without parole‚ÄĚ unless it would be manifestly unjust.

She then converted that requirement to find manifest injustice¬†¬†into the standard pre-three strikes judicial quibbling about disproportionality. With¬†breathtaking ease she slid past a previousmanslaughter to focus on the ‚Äėrelatively minor‚Äô nature of the¬†offences that triggered the three strikes law application, managing to take into account also the¬†‚Äôsigns that you wish to be more pro-social as noted in the presentence report‚Äô¬†.

She completely turns on its head the law’s intent that offenders get greater certainty about the consequences of offending, noting that the murderer would not have known at the time of the earlier offences of the three strikes certainty.

Judicial naivete at its worst. It is only by applying the law, that offfenders believe that it will be applied. The most clear lesson  from the experience where three strikes certainty was followed by dramatic reductions in offending, was that pitiless certainty finally sent the message to offenders that they could no longer gamble on meeting soft judges and gullible parole boards.

Sensible Sentencing is correct to highlight this judgment in their Judge the Judges website.  But the judge concerned is orthodox.  Judges generally resist punishment as a legitimate and sufficient purpose of sentencing. With Parliamentary sanction they have collectively warped criminal law from doing justice on behalf of victims and the innocent, into a primary role of therapy for the criminological needs of offenders. They do not respect the common sense intuitions of ordinary people. They resent the demand for retributive, incapacitating and deterrent punishment. To them only rehabilitative objectives are truly noble.

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Just one of the lies Labour are spreading

A good Labour source phoned me last night to tell me what Labour is spreading around Wellington about the hacks of my emails and the next big reveal.

I have been getting updates like this regularly, and they are invariably false.

This one however is particularly concerning.

They say that the latest leak will be emails that apparently involve me hiring a hitman and arranging a hit on someone, and that as a result the Police are about to arrest me.

This is a lie. A scurrilous smear, that only the Labour party could put about.

It is my understanding that the supposed victim of this is also spreading this around town.

There is a problem with this story. It is false. No emails exist nor chats. And the alleged assault and crimes were committed well after the hack occurred.

It is something I would never do. If I knew anything about this attack I would inform the Police myself.

In regards to that matter though, the Police have already arrested someone in connection with that crime and he has been charged.¬†¬†¬† Read more »

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Politics as Combat

Andrew C. McCarthy writes at National Review Online about politics as combat.

It has come to this after six years of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style community-organizer governance: The hard Left no longer believes it necessary to pretend that the rule of law matters. It is politics as combat. The devolution can be measured from the trumped-up indictment of Tom DeLay to the trumped-up indictment of Rick Perry.

Back in 2005, the idea of exploiting prosecutorial power to criminalize one‚Äôs political opposition was still sufficiently noxious that Democrat apparatchiks in Austin understood the need for camouflage. Tom DeLay of Texas was among the GOP‚Äôs most effective leaders and fundraisers, having risen to congressional leadership not long after he helped¬†Newt Gingrich lead the 1994 GOP takeover of the House. Democrats decided he had to be sidelined. They also knew they had the raw power to make it happen: a political operative¬†ensconced¬†as the chief prosecutor in a reliably Democratic county. In politics as combat, raw power is all you need ‚ÄĒ just cause has nothing to do with it.

But nine years ago, it was still unacceptable for the rub-out to look too much like a rub-out. It was not possible to charge DeLay with the non-crime of raising money for Republican candidates ‚ÄĒ his real offense as far as his adversaries were concerned. So he was indicted for a convoluted money-laundering scheme.

You may have noticed that the political left is using similar tactics here…legal challenges by Graham McCready exclusively against right wing politicians…and now dirty, illegal hacking against the voices that speak against their politics. ¬†¬† Read more »

The Herald and gang porn

The Herald couldn’t be more out of touch with New Zealand if it tried.

Every day this week it has been plastered with pictures of Headhunters, as if they are normal everyday citizens who just happen to wear colourful clothing.

Yes, I get that it has suited the love story theme, but you still can’t get away from the fact that gang members are criminals and create criminal enterprises based on illegal products such as methamphetamine.

What the Herald has been telling us this week is that gangs are basically decent guys who can sometimes be rogues, but who are loyal to their friends. I get the loyalty to friends bit…I do…but.

No mention of their crimes or the absolute misery they cause to law-abiding New Zealanders. No mention of how you actually obtain a patch.

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A dud judge

Time and again we are seeing dud judges going soft on criminals.

We have highlighted Justice Helen Winkelmann before and her inconsistencies.

But yesterday she had an absolute shocker.

Burying your son after a brutal beating is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Seeing the attackers walk free, despite an admission of guilt, is Mona and Brent Dudleys’ reality.

The West Auckland family, who lost their “kind-hearted” 15-year-old boy Stephen in June last year, are reeling from a judge’s decision not to convict the teen who assaulted him before his death.

The 18-year-old, whose name is permanently suppressed, attacked Stephen after a rugby practice – punching him in the neck and continuing the attack while Stephen was on the ground.

Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to grant the teen a discharge without conviction prompted an angry outburst from the Dudleys in court yesterday. ¬† Read more »

We don’t have a ‘Rape Culture.’ THIS, is a country with a ‘Rape Culture’

Previously I have explained the Feminist definition of what Rape Culture is and have concluded that we simply do not have it here in NZ when you look at the definition of what a Rape Culture actually is.

However India meets all the requirements hands down and this unbelievably  disgusting photo shoot leaves the viewer with no doubt whatsoever as to the underlying  attitude towards women in India. To be fair the photographer claims that his intent was to highlight the Rape culture in an artistic way. You be the judge as to whether or not he succeeded.

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Good start Anne, but go have a chat with Mitch on how to solve gang problems

I received this email from Anne Tolley last night:

Known members of gangs comprise just 0.1 per cent of the adult population, but in 2013 were responsible for 25 per cent of homicide-related charges.

In the first quarter of 2014, this group have been charged with 34 per cent of class A/B drug offences, 36 per cent of kidnapping and abduction offences, and 25 per cent of aggravated robberies.

That’s why, if re-elected on 20 September, National will implement a new action plan to tackle gang crime. Our whole of Government action plan on tackling gangs will:

  • Introduce a¬†Gang Intelligence Centre¬†led by Police to support investigation, prevention, and enforcement; identify vulnerable children and family members who may need social support; and identify young people at risk of joining gangs to help steer them toward a better path. ¬† Read more »

Were Police fiddling the figures under Clark?

After the selective leak of a report into Counties Manukau police fiddling the crime stats one has to wonder if anything has been left out.

The hit job was designed to get Mike Bush, and has been signalled for months by the opposition who started framing discussion around police reporting as being dodgy.

Jacinda Ardern was floating this boat back in April.

But how long has it been going on for? A long time it seems, before the National government as well.

Did it happen under Clark’s administration? Quite possibly.

This email just came in on the tipline.

Hi Cam/Team

This is regarding the recoding of burglaries in Counties Manukau South (Franklin and Papakura) to reduce recorded incidences of burglaries. This is far more widespread that just what has been identified, but it is also nothing to do with political pressure (or, should I say, nothing to do with a National govt). I worked briefly on the Burglary Squad in [REDACTED]¬†(I was a sworn Constable at the time) in early 2008 (under the Clark Labour govt), and I was instructed to recode burglaries where ever possible, even when it was clear the definition of a burglary had occurred (common recoding was, as has been reported, to standard theft, or wilful/intentional damage, or recoding to a “suspicious person” or other such incident). That was all to reduce burglary stats.¬† Read more »

Does Julian Assange subscribe to a rape culture?

The Standard and other various left wing people out there have been attacking the government and Murray McCully in particular over an alleged “rape Culture” in New Zealand and protecting the rights of victims to speak out about the “crimes” that were visited upon them.

It’s funny you know, because when you do a bit of research around this issue you find all sorts of interesting contradictions.

Take the case of Julian Assange…superficially it is similar to the Malaysian diplomat case. Assange is charged with actual rape, where as the Malaysian diplomat is charged with intent to rape. Assange’s charges are much more severe. Both are being sought for extradition to the country where the alleged crimes occurred. One used diplomatic protection to run, the other just ran and is hiding in another country’s embassy to avoid facing his accusers in court.

Now this is where it gets different. In New Zealand a foreigner appears to have picked up a “rape culture”…where as Julian Assange is portrayed as the victim of a vendetta and trumped up charges.

Lynn Prentice was particularly vociferous over the Assange case.

You will be interested to see the scorn with which Lprent Рand other commenters Рpour on the alleged victim Рand the stern defence of where the burden of proof lies.

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