Because so many of you are gagging to talk about it we note this ABC report on Tony Abbott’s Chief of Staff getting the sort of justice one needs to be a “pillar of the community” to expect:
Ms Credlin was charged with low-level drink-driving in May when ACT police caught her returning home from Mr Abbott’s budget reply speech.
Ms Credlin pleaded guilty to blowing 0.075 during a breath-test, but today avoided having a conviction recorded.
Ms Credlin’s lawyer argued for the charge to be dismissed due to her otherwise clean driving record and the punishment already received by having the matter play out in the media.
Her lawyer also told the court that incoming Attorney-General George Brandis, had written to the court describing Ms Credlin’s exemplary character and how she had a 21-year unblemished driving record.
Magistrate Maria Doogan noted that Ms Credlin pleaded guilty at the earliest possibility.
“I find the offence proven but I’m not recording a conviction,” Magistrate Doogan said.
Anyone who’s had much to do with the legal system will marvel that the Magistrates Court can process a case for $69 in costs (with Magistrate) compared to what our learned friends bill for blinking their eyes.