Why aren’t they in jail?

No wonder people think Judges are tools:

Two Westport men who taped themselves having a threesome with a 15-year-old girl in February have avoided a prison term.

Jacob McLaughlan and Jared Hicks, both now aged 22, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual connection with a 15-year-old. In Westport District Court yesterday, defence counsel Doug Taffs said Hicks had had a prior sexual relationship with the girl and to some extent the events had been spontaneous and consensual.

The publication of the video hadn’t been made by either Hicks or McLaughlan, Mr Taffs said.

A friend of Hicks’ sister had found it and sent it around Westport without their knowledge. It had not been their intention to publish the footage.

Judge Lindsay Moore said there was significant case law which, despite the fact the defendants were only 20 when the offence occurred, pointed to jail time.

“I’m struggling to understand how I can get around this,” he said.

Looks like the judge found a way. Maybe they used “they make people laugh” defense.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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