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Why Uproar About Right To Silence Now?

Lawyers and politicians calling for changes to laws surrounding the “right-to-silence are being called opportunists and gold-diggers.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24th May 2008

 

 

Why Uproar About Right To Silence Now?

 

Lawyers and politicians calling for changes to laws surrounding the “right-to-silence are being called opportunists and gold-diggers.

“We told every political party before the last Election to get rid of the silly laws surrounding the “right-to-silence”, they ignored the call then so why the up-roar now”, says the Sensible Sentencing Trust.

Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar says he is amazed about all the fuss about an offenders “Right-to-silence” following the Kahui debacle.

 “The right-to-silence has been causing problems in our Courts for years, I have trouble understanding why all the lawyers and politicians are suddenly waking up now.”

“We told legislators and politicians before the last Election to get rid of the silly rules that have nothing to do with protecting the innocent from false conviction and everything to do with the deadly game defence lawyers are

McVicar said the Trust had specifically said the so-called right to silence should be got rid of as it  prevents a judge or jury drawing adverse conclusions from an accused failure to allow himself to be cross examined on his alibi, or his fanciful explanation of suspicious facts.”

“If an accused person decides to remain silence surely it is sensible for the Judge or Jury to take that into consideration – but then common sense is not something our legal process is over-endowed with.”


“Maybe I am cynical but it would appear that those jumping on the band-wagon now are just gold-digging opportunists” Ends

 

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