Posts by Campbell Larsen

  • Hard News: UNGASS and the "Drug Free…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Hi Russell this link is broken: The page you requested could not be found: /hardnews/ungass-and-the-drug-free-world-illusion/alpha-pvp easily synthesised (from your second response to your own article)

    Auckland • Since Aug 2015 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Great illustration of how Police mug shots are never intended to show anything other than a 'threat to society' - probably the reason he opted for the more natural selfie

    Auckland • Since Aug 2015 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    No idea - but it seems like a good reason to give Judges more loo and snack breaks at the very least. Here are some stats on untensil possession sentencing - it's pretty clear that the penalties are out of wack: PUNISHING DRUG USE

    How New Zealand has treated minor drug offenders over the past six years:

    CANNABIS POSSESSION
    Charges: 17,931
    Convicted: 13,131
    Imprisoned: 890
    Maximum penalty: 3 months in prison and/or a $500 fine

    CANNABIS UTENSIL
    (SUCH AS A PIPE)
    Charges: 11,057
    Convicted: 7,563
    Imprisoned: 737
    Maximum penalty: A year in prison and/or $500 fine

    METHAMPHETAMINE POSSESSION
    Charges: 2185
    Convicted: 1523
    Imprisoned: 341
    Maximum penalty: 6 months in prison and/or $1000 fine

    METHAMPHETAMINE UTENSI(SUCH AS A PIPE)

    Charges: 3899
    Convicted: 2765
    Imprisoned: 548
    Maximum penalty: A year in prison and/or a $500 fine

    - The Dominion Post via http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8151844/Petty-drug-users-fill-New-Zealand-jails

    Auckland • Since Aug 2015 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…,

    While in no way attempting to excuse the Judges decision (and his try hard - tough on crime stance) this is noteworthy: 'Parole decisions are made by judges in some countries, such as Israel, where researchers investigated how those decisions are influenced by the critical human issue of lunch. Over the course of a day, the judges approve about 35% of prisoners’ applications for parole. But the approval rate declines steadily in the two hours before lunch, almost to zero just before the lunch break. Immediately after lunch, it spikes to 65% and then again declines steadily. If you’re a prisoner, the number of years you spend behind bars could be affected significantly by whether your parole application happens to be the last one on the judge’s stack before lunch or the first one after. [ http://fortune.com/2015/07/23/humans-are-underrated/ ]

    'The fracas started after Judge John McDonald finished sentencing a man to a month in jail on a charge of possessing a pipe used for smoking drugs.The man, facing other drugs charges, appeared for a callover and as he was being escorted back down to the building by First Security officers, the judge called him back. Judge McDonald opted to sentence him before lunch...' [ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11131314 ]

    A month in jail for a pipe?! If that was the sentence on the 'lesser charge' I hate to think how the more serious one went. If I was that guy, in light of the research, I would be politely requesting a review of that trigger happy pre-lunch hunger driven vindictive decision

    Auckland • Since Aug 2015 • 4 posts Report Reply