@ Scotty. Either Mr Jurrah had a right to make …

Comment on Magistrate ‘sick and tired’ of Liam Jurrah by Kieran Finnane.

@ Scotty. Either Mr Jurrah had a right to make a bail application or he didn’t; either he had a right to represent himself or he didn’t. As it was he was not allowed to utter a word. A mockery was made of the process.
That is a separate question to the merit or otherwise of the bail application, where of course his past record would be a consideration. Due process is supposed to be a strength of the the system which we are asking people to respect.

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Magistrate ‘sick and tired’ of Liam Jurrah
@ Scotty.

“His place”? The place of any defendant prior to conviction is supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law.

A defence lawyer has a job to do, which is to act on behalf of his or her client. In the episode reported the defence lawyer acting for Mr Jurrah was scarcely allowed to get in a word. What she was able to get in was that her client would be pleading guilty. There was no “crapping on” and no proposition that her client was “the victim”.


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