Powers separation should be upheld
WHAT a sad day for our system of law.
When a public prosecutor, after considering all the evidence, comes to the conclusion that there is not enough evidence to warrant a public trial and goes public with that conclusion, that should be the end of the matter.
We, the public, do not know the facts of the case. We can be influenced by our emotions and by other opinions put forward by people with vested interests in the outcome, but that is precisely why we have an independent assessment built into the system.
It is understandable that the family and the politicians would like to see a different outcome for there is deep hurt on the one hand and selfinterest on the other.
However, the pressure from the public should never ever be allowed to interfere with our system of justice.
The Fitzgerald inquiry stressed the need for an absolute separation of the powers of the police, the power of the politicians and the power of the judiciary if we wish to live in a stable society ruled by law.
With the decision by the public prosecutor to hand over the documents which led her to her conclusions, this principle is now under siege.
The precedent has been set and we can expect more of the same. Anyone who is not satisfied with the arbiter’s decision is now free to whip up public sentiment and override the findings of the person that this society has set in the position of authority on such matters.
This will be a tragedy which only time will fully disclose. The very basis of our system of law is under great threat and we let it go unchallenged at our peril, no matter what we might think about the rights and wrongs of the case in question.
DONBARTER, South Townsville.