Justice must be the same for everyone, there must be no special treatment. So then why was this judge given special treatment?
A District Court judge who was walking her son’s dog when it injured a woman has been discharged without conviction and ordered to pay $500 compensation to the victim.
Judge Mary Beth Sharp yesterday pleaded guilty in Auckland District Court to being in possession of a dog that startled a person, causing injury, after the Auckland Council withdrew a more serious charge of owning a dog that attacked a person, which she denied.
Sharp did not appear in person.
The court was told that Sharp, who is named on the court record as Mary-Elizabeth Willis, was walking her son’s boxer dog, George, near her home in Papakura on the morning of February 10 last year.
I freely admit that the judge did not deserve a conviction but it all appears to have been made far easier for her than it would have been for the average Joe Citizen. What’s with the proceedings under an assumed name or her maiden name or whatever excuse there was to justify it?
Once again the perception is there that the legal fraternity is looking after their own.
You have to ask yourself what the outcome would have been had the accused been a gang member and the dog a brindle rotty-pitbull cross.