Thursday, October 15, 2009

Victimless crime example

A few posts ago, Adolf Fiinkensein asked "I'd be interested to hear your version of a 'victimless crime' for which anyone currently is incarcerated".

Here's one, although she just spent a night in jail for going to the Police station and handing over her car keys so she wouldn't drive drunk. A bit silly maybe, but a reason to be locked up? No.

She'll have a criminal conviction if this proceeds, demonstrating sadly, that some Police have an almost militaristic observance of procedure, against what their core duty is - to protect the public. Charging this woman does not appear to meet that test.

6 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I'm afraid you're right. Here's hoping the judge shows more common sense than did the flat foot.

Lucy said...

Remind me again about 'police discretion' the discretion that John Key et al quote when saying that the police can 'ignore the law' eg the smacking law? Or does 'discretion' only apply to those laws that the politicians of the day deem worthy.

StephenR said...

NORML and the like would probably have a few candidates, but probably not as many as their politicking would imply.

Anonymous said...

OK but what are the victimless crimes that are filling our prisons?

Mark.V. said...

The Dominion Post issued a correction on Saturday which stated that "Cassandra Palmer was processed for drink-driving when she entered Wellington police station, because she told an officer she had driven her car into town from Johnsonville."

This evidence was not included in the original article.

libertyscott said...

Thank you for that clarification Mark.