This is where the law is poised to make an even bigger ass of itself. The post below, which features an excerpt lifted from the Supreme Court's own website, could do nothing but alert potential jurors to the sort of filth that decency should oblige them to flush. A quick google and it is there for anyone to see.
So is the Supreme Court going to take down its report of the successful appeal? Will it re-publish in Sanskrit or Latin?
As demonstrated by any number of trials in the US, where laws regarding pre-trial coverage are considerably less stringent, jurors are quite capable of making up their on minds on the strength of evidence presented. Just ask OJ Simpson about that.
Here, though, things are different. A judiciary that can't, and won't, sequester scum demands that we trust it. Because, you know, they are so much smarter than the rest of us. Well, much better paid, anyway.
FOR THE SECOND time in just a few months, Victoria Police are hunting for a convicted and released criminal wanted in connection with a young woman's murder. It is being widely reported that Stephen James Hunter, the man with whom police wish to speak, was sentenced in 1986 to 13 years for stabbing a girl to death.
Well there is more than that to Hunter's past -- and yet more reasons to wonder why any citizen should have the slightest faith in our legal system. From Victoria's court of Appeal, 2006:
32 Because of the error to which we have referred, the sentencing discretion is reopened. It is necessary, therefore, to describe in brief terms the circumstances of each of the offences for which Hunter falls to be re-sentenced.Read the whole thing, especially the stipulated non-parole period.
Count 1 – theft of a motor car
33 In early 2002, Hunter rented a sports car from a car rental firm. Following the expiration of the rental period, Hunter kept the vehicle and ultimately gave it to a friend, who sold the vehicle and paid him $2,500 from the sale proceeds. Hunter told investigating police that he committed the theft because he was desperate for money at the time. The vehicle has not been recovered.
Counts 2, 3 and 4 – kidnapping, false imprisonment and causing injury intentionally
34 In March 2002, Samantha Smith, who was a friend of Hunter’s, requested that he find and capture an acquaintance, one Scott McCasker. Smith promised Hunter $500 if he would do so. Hunter enlisted the assistance of his trans-sexual partner, Kelly Piers. On the morning of 12 March 2002, Hunter and Piers located McCasker in St Kilda and forced him into their vehicle. They then drove McCasker to Hunter’s premises in Armadale, where he was taken inside. Later, they drove McCasker to Smith’s address in Diggers Rest but she was not at home. Hunter then took McCasker back to Armadale, where McCasker was tied up and gagged. He was secured with tape and electric cord. His head was tied to a beam with a wire coat-hanger. Whilst McCasker was in that position, Hunter punched him to the face and ribs on a number of occasions, and he suffered injuries to the face and head. McCasker was left tied up in this way until he was able to free himself and escape from Hunter’s premises.
Count 5 – trafficking in a drug of dependence
35 On 22 May 2002 Hunter was arrested in relation to the offences committed in March 2002 to which we have referred. When he was searched, police located a number of half gram bags of amphetamine on Hunter’s person. He told police that he had used and sold amphetamines to pay for his board and rent. Other similar bags were located at Hunter’s premises. He explained to the police how he cut the amphetamine with glucose and bagged it in preparation for sale. He informed the police that he wanted to make money and leave Victoria to avoid warrants which he believed had been issued for his apprehension. He also stated that he had purchased a quarter of an ounce per week prior to his arrest and bagged about 20 "small lots". He admitted having sold ten small bags for $100 each before being arrested.