People with autism do not become premeditated killers.
No shit. #grrrr
Judge Nicholas Davidson said Merritt’s disorder had impacted his life and was connected to the murder of Ms Ross.
"References to the mild end of the ASD spectrum shouldn’t, in my view, trivialise your impairment," he said.
"You do suffer from a mental disorder as the law understands it. It’s part of your make-up and the reason you killed Ms Ross."
How do we ensure judges like this get educated? Probably good intent but woefully ignorant.
Driver-focused business model powers Uber competitor in US.
TVNZ just doesn't seem to make its visible and available the way RNZ does.
Territorial content licensing restrictions could be a big part of that, I imagine.
All my best wishes for your Splore experiences, folks. I'll be up to it again sometime.
Redmer Yska digs even deeper to find the totally forgotten weekly entertainment magazine published by the owners of the Truth newspaper in the 1950s: Joy
A Bruno Lawrence connection - brilliant.
an important function of state broadcasters of record is their role in disasters
Radio NZ have once again been exceptional covering today's Chch wildfires. Mind you, it was TV3's Hamish Clark who earned awards for his immediate post-eqnz footage.
Fairfax story has Minister Dunne agreeing with Ministry line.
While there's a loophole in New Zealand's law that allows people to bring back 30 days worth of a prescribed drug from overseas - the law only applies to those drugs approved under federal, not state law, because border control is covered by federal law.
Elixinol isn't legal under federal law, so while Kiwis can pick up a prescription in places such as Colorado and California, taking it out of the country is illegal.
"It raises the possibility, and I can't say this absolutely, but I suspect on that basis that what we did in the Renton case was probably illegal, because he sourced Elixinol out of the US," Dunne said.
Mr Dunne approves of the story's veracity.
Another recent case I missed of a disabled person being punished by the system for her region's lack of accessible housing.
Ministry disability support services group manager Toni Atkinson said there were many autistic people who did not need disability support.
There was no need to improve training for carers, and autism support was not under-resourced, she said.
What a disgusting attitude. Families and advocates must just be making it all up, eh.
RadioLive producer Anand Hira on Ministerial boldness.
... Peter Dunne said the decision would be shifted from the Associate Health Minster to the Ministry of Health. This isn't a big step, or even a new step. Remember - the Associate Health Minister got control of this decision by shifting to to his office from the Ministry of Health. The only red tape removed here by Peter Dunne was put there by Peter Dunne.
Meanwhile, those suffering in pain still face a similar red tape.
Common sense broke free for a day. And the madness of hope spread like wildfire. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne bests the criminal once more and drags it back to its cell.