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Letter to the Editor: What is the price of justice? (In dollar terms)

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FROM: 	"f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT: Letter to the ed
DATE: 	 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:52:01 +1300
TO: 	"Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>
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The Editor  
Dominion Post

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Revelations that Peter Whittal's solicitor, Stuart Grieve,
made a $3.41 million payment to Crown Law in return for
dropping all charges in the Pike River Mine court case are
an incredible, jaw-dropping, new development for our
judicial system.

According to Mr Grieve's remarks on Radio NZ (27 Feb), it
would appear that the Solicitor General was involved in this
backroom deal making.

So for John Key to suggest, 

"My understanding is no, it was an unsolicited letter. They
looked at lots of different factors but in the end they
could have spent millions and millions and millions with the
lawyers and actually got nowhere - or practically make a
payment to the families, which made more sense."

- is a cynical attempt to trivialise a clearly dangerous
precedent that  undermines our justice system.

If justice can now be purchased in New Zealand, when will
John Key's government issue an Order in Council publishing a
tariff chart for payments to drop Court cases, calculated
according to the severity of charges? 

And will there be a bulk discount for multiple charges?

-Frank Macskasy
(address & phone number supplied)

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References

Radio NZ:  Pike families convinced deal was done

Previous related blogposts

Purchasing “justice” on the New Zealand open market – did National sell Pike River victims out?

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  1. Dirk
    28 February 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Given the severity of the offense the tariff seems quite low. Perhaps this means even middle class offenders will be able to purchase their freedom for less than the cost of legal council. This will save offenders lots of money. That it leads to a further criminal behaviour will be a good thing as more funds will flow into government. Then Key can lower taxes on the rich again. And by paying barristers a commission on each tariff they will agree that it is easier than working. I am so glad that we have a pro business government streamlining things.

    • 28 February 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Dirk, your logic is frighteningly impeccable.

      Note to any National Party MPs or apparatchiks reading this – Dirk’s satirical remarks are not meant to be mistaken for policy.

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