Monday, September 10, 2012

Utterly inappropriate

That is the only way to describe Kylee Guy's letter to the Attorney-General asking for a harsh sentence for the man who according to a court did not murder her husband. In this country, sentencing decisions are made by judges, not politicians, and they are made according to law and based on the crime(s) they actually committed, not because someone is afraid of the offender and thinks they should be punished for a crime they have been acquitted of.

Its also fundamentally stupid, in that the letter with its public pressure may very well hand Ewen Macdonald grounds to appeal his sentence. But I don't think the advocates of lynchmob justice think very hard about that - or indeed, at all.