Mugs in the News

Here is an idea that Judith Collins should adopt for New Zealand. It’s called Mugs in the News where the Chicago Tribune publishes mug-shots daily of people arrested and charged, complete with their charges.

They attach the following rider to the page:

I think that this could be an important crime fighting weapon here in New Zealand. Of course in the United States there is no name suppression, such is their open justice system. No doubt liberal panty-waists like Simon Power will have all sorts of objections to such a scheme, but it is worth a go. It certainly can’t hurt the general population and affects only those arrested.

Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has a similar scheme, for both DeadBeat parents delinquent on child support and a searchable mug-shot database. Refreshing openness in the Justice system. The Deadbeat Parents are even ranked in order.

Here in New Zealand we have problem with our own Deadbeat Parents and Child Support, perhaps this could also be implemented as a way of solving the collection problem. Mugs in the News and Deadbeat Parents, two crime fighting intiatives worth at least trialling. Both bringing shame back into the Justice system.

<b><big>Charge: Unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver</big></b><br><a href=

Defendant: Leonel Torres-Torres
(Law enforcement photo / December 17, 2010)
Charge: Unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.