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September 30, 2006

Technicalities, Schmecnicalities

You recall that our Lords and Masters wish to change the law so that even if someone should be found not guilty for some technical reason, if the Appeals Courts decide that he is indeed guilty anyway, they can still convict (or sustain the conviction if you prefer)?

A story from America on what such technicalities are:

Mr Dicks, the former chairman of Sportingbet who was arrested at JFK airport in New York earlier this month, was planning to fly home to the UK last night after being told he was a free man.

The New York Governor George Pataki ruled that Mr Dicks had not committed a crime while physically in either New York or Louisiana. And, as online gambling was not outlawed in the State of New York, he had no choice but to release him.

The governor's counsels said in a statement: "While the Governor supports efforts to restrict illegal off-shore gaming, he does not have the legal authority to order the extradition of Mr Dicks."

That's the way it works, or ought to. No discretion, rather, the law is the law and if you can't be convicted when the system follows all of said law, then you should not be convicted.

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Comments

What! How can such an outrage occur in Chimpy McBushitler's AmeriKKKa? I thought we had all these gulags in North Dakota to make these people disappear into?

Have I been lied to by the MSM?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley | Sep 30, 2006 1:52:29 PM

Manual trackback, btw.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley | Sep 30, 2006 2:14:38 PM

I expect New Labour will define a technicality as anything likely to cause a not guilty verdict, though if even serious crimes such as assault are to be dealt with using small on the spot fines why bother with a criminal justice system at all? We could scrap it and just raise taxes.

Posted by: pete | Sep 30, 2006 9:09:13 PM