LAW & ORDER
Libz says Brash half right on crime
"Dr Brash is half right - but the half he has wrong is very wrong," declared
Libertarianz Leader Bernard Darnton today, responding to the launch of
National's Law and Order Policy.
"More preventive detention and tougher sentencing for repeat offenders are
both measures to be applauded when applied to crimes of violence - that's
what Dr Brash has got right," says Darnton. But he has concerns. "National's
proposals will also apply tougher sentences for people imprisoned for
victimless crimes," he says, "and reversing the burden of proof for
defendants as he suggests simply undermines the National Party's professed
belief in freedom."
Darnton says that before the Brash regime is introduced, then victimless
crimes such as laws on gambling and adult drug use should be removed from
the books, along with the "obscenity" of jail-time for the likes of cutting
down a tree on one's own land. "Abolishing these victimless crimes would
allow police to focus on real crimes with real victims,"say Darnton, "and
would remove drugs from the subculture of organised crime. Among
Libertarianz' first moves would be wiping all such 'crimes' from the
statutes and re-focussing the criminal justice system on offences that have
real victims - something which is long overdue."
Darnton also expressed concern at the policy of reversing the burden of
proof for individuals suspected of gang involvement, requiring them to prove
they legally acquired their property. "Overturning such long-held bulwarks
of liberty as the presumption of innnocence smacks of authoritarianism -
this disgusting proposal has the jackboots of Tony Ryall and Simon Power all
over it. Libertarianz categorically opposes ANY reversal of the burden of
proof for criminal law," affirms Darnton.
"Dr. Brash's tough stand on crime is to be applauded - but real crimes only
have victims, and a tough stand on victimless crime is the first step to a
Police state. Only Libertarianz is committed to abolishing victimless
crime!" he concluded.
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