Justice Today

Dear Peg and Friends,
I’m having trouble coming to grips with what  today we call ‘Justice’. However when a case actually comes to a court, in my opinion, far too often justice seems to fly out the window. It comes in the end down to the money that’s being thrown at the trial. Take the trial of Peter Ellis, Police had a very large presence. With so many people assisting in the prosecution you would think someone early in the piece would have blown the whistle, and said, ‘Too much of this evidence is garbage’. Early in the trial it should have been recognised that there was no case to answer. It was a complete, ‘No Brainer’. On the outset this case should have been thrown out. It was obvious to me that the whole performance was a charade, and it was being was being managed by the parents. Justice in this country can be compared to be very much like an 80,000 ton liner. Once it’s set on a course, it’s very difficult to make it change direction.
Admittedly I was never able to attend any of the various Ellis trials, I had to rely on newspaper reports. In this I was assisted too by the various reports and books that were printed after the event. The Ellis trial is, the case in the point that I’m trying to make. It focused on the stupidity of the Police Justice. If all the transcripts that I read were correct, as well as the available books purporting to be a true record. I can’t believe that the case against Peter Ellis was proved. Or, even came close to being proved. Some of the evidence given by the children was so far ‘way out’, it gave the impression that it was being ‘made up’. In fact the evidence at times, read like something from a fairy tale. In my mind very suspect, and some of was absolutely unbelievable.
One of the children has since recanted his/her evidence, which gives the impression that some of the children were being coached by their parents. One of the problems that confronted the defence, was that the children can’t be re-examined. I’m sure too that Peter Ellis is either a homosexual, or has a leaning towards that sexuality. But that doesn’t make him guilty of any crime. I’m also sure too, this fact alone coloured the Police judgment. I suspect too that the prosecution or the Officer in Charge, was on a crusade. If this was so, the Police may now have the need to lock up 25% of some of our resort towns citizens. Because many homosexuals gravitate to towns where service industry jobs are easy to obtain. I’m reinforced in my thinking and resulting from reading that Peter Ellis didn’t get a fair trial. To me the only thing missing from the evidence, was the tooth fairy. To find Peter guilty, you needed what the prosector already had. A one track mind, and a burning desire to believe whatever the children told him. No matter how stupid it sounded. As much as the authorities hope. This case won’t go away until the evidence is re-examined, and when it is, it should be taken with a large dose of common sense.
Another case that bothers me, and that is the trials of David Bain, and the murder of his family. During his trial, too much of the prosecution evidence was suppressed, and this only came to light, after the trial. Had it been allowed, I’m sure it could have altered the verdict. One piece of suppressed evidence, was a scheme that earlier David had plotted, planning a crime using timing of his paper round, to make it appear he could not have raped a female jogger. Time was something that reared it’s head with the Bain family murders. The suppression of this evidence was wrong.
Today is Saturday 18th February 2012. The Press have today printed a feature article by their Reporter Martin Van Beynen. It carried a full page criticism of Joe Karam’s latest book ‘Trial By Ambush’ which was spent by reinforcing Karam’s thinking. That David is innocent of any crime is the books theme. This Book’s launch date ties in very nicely with his claim for compensation, which has just been lodged. To pay now a couple of million for wrongful conviction of David would be too much.
And why do I think David is guilty? For a start  I’m not alone in this thinking. And what facts do I have to support this? The defence has tried hard to blame the murder onto David’s father who was a most unlikely candidate. The murderer left a blood stained print made by a sock at the murder scene. No blood was on father’s socks, or did the father change his socks, before he committed suicide? Reason would say, why bother? In the book, no mention is made of the fact that he also changed his bloodied clothes before killing himself as well. Very strange behaviour by the father if this is correct. The father Robin was most unlikely suicide candidate. M Van Beynen also mentioned there were 20 points of important evidence that pointed to David being the guilty person. The defence made light of these, and has focused on the fact that it was the father who committed the crime.
Regarding the book. Did Joe Karam overlook the fact that a Book written by Terry Ellis, was also named ‘Trial by Ambush’. As well, there are  several others with the same name. Hardly an original title.
Arthur Thomas, well he too had a lucky escape. Justice in this trial was also found wanting. The Police in this case were caught helping justice along by planting evidence, while blundering along with their case. Had the police persecution had their way, he would have still been locked up, crying out, ‘I’m innocent’. The Police were not listening. And had tossed away the key.
It was the public outcry that saved him, plus a crusade carried on by Pat Booth a newspaper editor in Auckland. As well as an article by the Sub Editor of the Auckland Star Terry Bell, who resigned from his job, in order to write a book ‘Bitter Hill’, which lead to the retrial for Arthur Thomas. More to the point, assisted with a change in thinking of many of the local neighbours.
There been several recent Court Cases where  Justice has been stretched a little. In the case of Scott Watson, he was found guilty of the murder of the couple Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. He was convicted by mainly circumstantial evidence. But too many people are still convinced that the Police work in this case was sloppy. In fact many are convinced that they wrongly identified the yacht involved.
With so many court decisions being overturned, It begs the question, ‘Where do the Police recruit their prosecutors from’? I think it’s time they took a hard look at this job in their organisation. Today far too often, the prosecution come up with the most surprising verdict, which invariably lead to a retrial.
Love from Christchurch,
Wally
I’m having trouble coming to grips with what  today we call ‘Justice’. However when a case actually comes to a court, in my opinion, far too often justice seems to fly out the window. It comes in the end down to the money that’s being thrown at the trial. Take the trial of Peter Ellis, Police had a very large presence. With so many people assisting in the prosecution you would think someone early in the piece would have blown the whistle, and said, ‘Too much of this evidence is garbage’. Early in the trial it should have been recognised that there was no case to answer. It was a complete, ‘No Brainer’. On the outset this case should have been thrown out. It was obvious to me that the whole performance was a charade, and it was being was being managed by the parents. Justice in this country can be compared to be very much like an 80,000 ton liner. Once it’s set on a course, it’s very difficult to make it change direction.
Admittedly I was never able to attend any of the various Ellis trials, I had to rely on newspaper reports. In this I was assisted too by the various reports and books that were printed after the event. The Ellis trial is, the case in the point that I’m trying to make. It focused on the stupidity of the Police Justice. If all the transcripts that I read were correct, as well as the available books purporting to be a true record. I can’t believe that the case against Peter Ellis was proved. Or, even came close to being proved. Some of the evidence given by the children was so far ‘way out’, it gave the impression that it was being ‘made up’. In fact the evidence at times, read like something from a fairy tale. In my mind very suspect, and some of was absolutely unbelievable.
One of the children has since recanted his/her evidence, which gives the impression that some of the children were being coached by their parents. One of the problems that confronted the defence, was that the children can’t be re-examined. I’m sure too that Peter Ellis is either a homosexual, or has a leaning towards that sexuality. But that doesn’t make him guilty of any crime. I’m also sure too, this fact alone coloured the Police judgment. I suspect too that the prosecution or the Officer in Charge, was on a crusade. If this was so, the Police may now have the need to lock up 25% of some of our resort towns citizens. Because many homosexuals gravitate to towns where service industry jobs are easy to obtain. I’m reinforced in my thinking and resulting from reading that Peter Ellis didn’t get a fair trial. To me the only thing missing from the evidence, was the tooth fairy. To find Peter guilty, you needed what the prosector already had. A one track mind, and a burning desire to believe whatever the children told him. No matter how stupid it sounded. As much as the authorities hope. This case won’t go away until the evidence is re-examined, and when it is, it should be taken with a large dose of common sense.
Another case that bothers me, and that is the trials of David Bain, and the murder of his family. During his trial, too much of the prosecution evidence was suppressed, and this only came to light, after the trial. Had it been allowed, I’m sure it could have altered the verdict. One piece of suppressed evidence, was a scheme that earlier David had plotted, planning a crime using timing of his paper round, to make it appear he could not have raped a female jogger. Time was something that reared it’s head with the Bain family murders. The suppression of this evidence was wrong.
Today is Saturday 18th February 2012. The Press have today printed a feature article by their Reporter Martin Van Beynen. It carried a full page criticism of Joe Karam’s latest book ‘Trial By Ambush’ which was spent by reinforcing Karam’s thinking. That David is innocent of any crime is the books theme. This Book’s launch date ties in very nicely with his claim for compensation, which has just been lodged. To pay now a couple of million for wrongful conviction of David would be too much.
And why do I think David is guilty? For a start  I’m not alone in this thinking. And what facts do I have to support this? The defence has tried hard to blame the murder onto David’s father who was a most unlikely candidate. The murderer left a blood stained print made by a sock at the murder scene. No blood was on father’s socks, or did the father change his socks, before he committed suicide? Reason would say, why bother? In the book, no mention is made of the fact that he also changed his bloodied clothes before killing himself as well. Very strange behaviour by the father if this is correct. The father Robin was most unlikely suicide candidate. M Van Beynen also mentioned there were 20 points of important evidence that pointed to David being the guilty person. The defence made light of these, and has focused on the fact that it was the father who committed the crime.
Regarding the book. Did Joe Karam overlook the fact that a Book written by Terry Ellis, was also named ‘Trial by Ambush’. As well, there are  several others with the same name. Hardly an original title.
Arthur Thomas, well he too had a lucky escape. Justice in this trial was also found wanting. The Police in this case were caught helping justice along by planting evidence, while blundering along with their case. Had the police persecution had their way, he would have still been locked up, crying out, ‘I’m innocent’. The Police were not listening. And had tossed away the key.
It was the public outcry that saved him, plus a crusade carried on by Pat Booth a newspaper editor in Auckland. As well as an article by the Sub Editor of the Auckland Star Terry Bell, who resigned from his job, in order to write a book ‘Bitter Hill’, which lead to the retrial for Arthur Thomas. More to the point, assisted with a change in thinking of many of the local neighbours.
There been several recent Court Cases where  Justice has been stretched a little. In the case of Scott Watson, he was found guilty of the murder of the couple Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. He was convicted by mainly circumstantial evidence. But too many people are still convinced that the Police work in this case was sloppy. In fact many are convinced that they wrongly identified the yacht involved.
With so many court decisions being overturned, It begs the question, ‘Where do the Police recruit their prosecutors from’? I think it’s time they took a hard look at this job in their organisation. Today far too often, the prosecution come up with the most surprising verdict, which invariably lead to a retrial.
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