Another Bad Judge

Judge Michael Behrens is clearly afraid that he will attract some sort of bad publicity so he has suppressed details about whether or not he has made a decision, clearly breaching the intent of the changes made to suppression laws.

A judge has prevented publication of whether the man accused of bashing volunteer firefighter Peter Fisher has been released on bail.

Unemployed Martinborough man Milton Haira, 25, appeared in Masterton District Court yesterday for a bail hearing.

However Judge Michael Behrens suppressed all discussion on whether to grant bail, including his decision. 

Haira faces one charge of threatening to kill. He has also been charged with four counts of common assault and one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Judge Behrens confirmed that it was likely to be 2014 before the case could go to trial before a jury.

He’s suppressed whether or not he has given this low life thug bail or not.

Surely by implication then he did or why would you suppress?  I mean why suppress the details if he was locked up without bail, the public would clap with joy and my headline would be “A good judge”. We will soon see what his decision is though because this score will be swaggering through the streets off to commit another crime.

Yet another decision by a poor judge that will see taxpayers money wasted monitoring and chasing him down again at best and at worse another member of the public sadly injured or worse.

When will we see sense and start Judging the Judges?


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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.

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