The flag burning case

Valerie Morse has won her appeal against her conviction relating to her burning of the flag on ANZAC Day.

Her appeal was upheld because the lower courts failed to take into account that her actions would not have a tendency to disrupt public order.  The Veterans, and others, attending ANZAC Day Services failed to respond to her actions in a disorderly manner and therefore the Supreme Court has determined that her actions cannot be offensive.

There’s a lesson here.  The next time she does it, the crowds need to erupt into disorder, thus ensuring her actions meet the ingredients of the charge, thus ensuring a conviction.


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  • kevin

    Maybe the Vets need to get her give a ‘clip-under-the-ears’ should it happen again at ANZAC Day (or any day actually)…

  • Valerie Morse and her ilk, including some of those arrested in the Urewera raids are precisely the reason that a strong DPS presence is required for the PM.

  • titanuranus

    Valerie,too fucking thick to understand how she got the freedom to insult New Zealanders.

  • adolffiinkensein

    This must be the same Valerie Morse who is mentioned a number of times in the suppressed police affidavit used to gain warrants for the Urewera raids?

  • alex Masterley

    One and the same, Adolf, one and the same.

  • cobolt

    So who get’s charged for inciting a riot then? The person who jumps up an down and takes to the streets or Valerie?

  • titanuranus
  • mickrodge

    I was standing several feet away from this oxygen thief when she burnt that flag on ANZAC Day a few years ago & since then i’ve felt the deepest regret that I didn’t knock her the fuck out there & then instead of staring in dismay.

    Alas hindsight is a wonderful thing & maybe it’s for the best. I can’t imagine i’d be as successful in overturning any conviction in relation to flooring the seppo piece of filth.

  • stevewrathall

    “The next time she does it, the crowds need to erupt into dis­or­der”
    And thereby giving her the ultimate defence: If this symbol encourages its supporters to behave in such a way, isn’t my contempt for it fully justified?

    i.e. the Terry Jones argument

  • I have the solution. Have a fire hose handy and helpfully put the burning flag out with it and her as well as. ” I was concerned that her clothes may have caught fire your honour.”

  • lesterpk

    SO if eberyone is inwardly disgusted and appalled but no one causes a riot or goes over and punches her out its OK?
    So if I stand outside the judges house and have a wank, but no one comes and riots or punches me out then its not offensive using the same logic.

    • thor42

      The thing is – the next time she does this, if the crowd *does* “erupt in protest”, then you can bet anything you want that it will be ***the crowd*** who get nailed, not her!
      What a silly ignorant bitch. Dickheads like her will never understand that it was because of our soldiers who have fought in wars that she has the freedom to make a pillock of herself.

      • stevewrathall

        Yes, and the absolutely appropriate response is to stand up for her right to make a pillock of herself, thereby honouring the freedom of speech the flag represents.

  • james

    Well said Steve. While it tastes like shit to have to stand up for the rights of this person to do what she did that is, after all, the whole point of ANZAC day…to remember those who fought for our freedoms….including the freedom to hold wrong and stupid views.

    “I disagree with what you say but I defend to the death your right to say it

  • cadwallader

    She’s a distasteful bitch. I agree with the right to protest but this is insulting to those who may hold the flag dearly. (Try doing this in USA!)