In 2010 I was convicted on nine counts of breaching name suppression. The left wing uses those convictions as a stick to bash me with. They blog and write about the fact I am a convicted criminal.
Every person I named in my posts was a sex offender, or did despicably violent things against women. All were convicted, none were acquitted. One has gone on to further his career and continue his travel overseas that a proper conviction and naming would have prevented.
I reacted, I was even silly, some say stupid, perhaps it was even the medication and the depression that caused me to go right through with court process. What ever the reason as a result of my efforts the law was changed.
Big deal, my detractors will claim, my creepy stalker will likely quote some more of Judge Harvey’s judgment against me.
I don’t care, at least I did something, which more than those who declaim me have ever done.
And this is why.
Victims of sexual offending believe the public has a right to know who commits such crimes, with one saying naming those responsible is more important than any other punishment.
The Manawatu Standard has revealed a huge drop in courtroom secrecy since a peak in 2009-10.
That year 257 people facing criminal charges in the Palmerston North District and High Courts were granted final name suppression. Last year about 12 were.
There has been a big fall nationwide too after a law change in early 2012 tightened the circumstances in which someone can seek final suppression.
I am particularly pleased about that.