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Chief Justice Higgins and bail decisions

By ramblingted - 15 May 2009 46

So we now learn that the standover man at the centre of the alleged kidnap incident in Kambah the other day had been released on bail only hours earlier.  

He had originally been arrested on what the Crimes describes as a “two day rampage of kidnapping and extortion”, in company with the well known RA favourite, Matthew Massey.  

His release came about after Higgins, CJ, overruled a decision not to allow bail by the eminently sensible Magistrate John Burns.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Higgins CJ could be some way held accountable for his persistent and disturbing reluctance to keep the streets of Canberra safe for his fellow citizens?

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sunshine 6:21 pm 28 Aug 09

well, massey wasn’t granted bail yesterday. someone made the right decision this time

DMD, I have a long history of being a smartarse, and I’m certainly not going to change for you. My point remains: you got offended over something posted here, and that puts you in a club about as exclusive as the white pages. Get over it.

You’re happy to read and participate in a forum that offers a soap box for a range of views, many of which are found offensive by different people. This is no different. I don’t retract the statement, and I don’t really care if you decide to throw all your toys out of the cot.

Have a great night!

Deadmandrinking 6:11 pm 19 May 09

Of course you can try to be a smart-arse, VY. Just remember that some people will point out when you cross certain lines. They’re not going to ‘get over it’ and ignore it, they will tell you that what you said really wasn’t cool, which is what I have done.

I doubt you would find it funny if anonymous people were suggesting your kidnapping on the internet. Why should Terry Higgins?

Depends on whether there had been a recent news story, and whether it was within the context of the discussion. I’m still not sure what the actual problem is here. In other threads it seems entirely acceptable to call the Catholics the ‘Church of Pedophilia’, despite recent stories about what happened at a well known church school in Canberra. There have also been wisecracks about prison guards, public servants, and even about the 14 year old kid who had sex with his teacher.

The RiotACT is a curious mix of smartassery and debate. If something has offended you, then I’d suggest getting over it, because it will almost certainly happen again in this place.

Deadmandrinking 12:54 pm 19 May 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

I was a bit riled by previous commenter such as Vy, who’s comment was nothing short of disgusting.

Why – what’s the problem? I made two comments on this story. The first was an obvious (but perhaps unsuccessful) attempt at humour, the second a valid question.

Is there a personal story you need to get off your chest or something?

No, it’s just that I don’t see how you think that’s acceptable.

How would people react if I started making quips about stabbing and shooting cops? I don’t think the plods would like it.

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