In­de­fen­si­ble ac­tions

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA - PE­TER TURTON Can­ning Vale

Tom Percy (Opin­ion, Dec 2) shows the in­jus­tice of our le­gal sys­tem where a per­son is ac­quit­ted of a crime and not com­pen­sated for time in prison await­ing trial and money spent fi­nanc­ing their de­fence.

There is an­other law that runs a close se­cond, maybe not for the le­gal fra­ter­nity, but for the pub­lic, and that is the right of a per­son to have le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion as a re­cidi­vist of­fender or when caught red-handed in the act of com­mit­ting an in­de­fen­si­ble crime, such as steal­ing cars, bash­ing the el­derly and home in­va­sion.

Our le­gal sys­tem, to some ex­tent, has con­trib­uted to an in­crease in these un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iours by de­fence coun­sel ped­dling ex­cuses on be­half of the low life, thus dis­tanc­ing them from ac­count­abil­ity.

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