Thursday, November 25, 2004

Worth quoting

KiwiPundit on Phil Goff's plans to seize the assets of suspected criminals:

The phrase 'criminals who had been acquitted of criminal charges' is so perfectly Orwellian it really deserves some kind of award.

It's also good to see Rodney Hide and ACT weighing in on the right side of a human rights issue for once. But I guess that can be explained by the fact that it involves property rather than legal protections...

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice apparently opposed the proposed regime, pointing out serious problems with double jeopardy and the presumption of innocence, as well as "a perverse incentive to divert police resources away from criminal investigation in favour of pursuing civil forfeiture". And National and United Future think that this is too "soft"...?