Friday, April 10, 2020
Clive Bibby: Free world justice system under attackLabels: Clive Bibby, Justice
The unanimous verdict of the Australian Supreme Court (7 to nothing) to overturn the Appeal Court decision that upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on sexual assault charges is a timely reversal of a trend that is endangering the very existence of our modern democratic society.
I say timely because this was the last opportunity for justice to be served in a case that epitomised the growing influence of popular movements that have wreaked havoc throughout the legal systems in many Western countries, especially those that have based their laws on the British version - the United States, the U.K., Australia and even here in New Zealand.
During the last year or so, there have been a number of examples of high profile individuals fighting to save their lives in a atmosphere where the old tenants of "innocent until proven guilty" and "justice must be seen to be done" have lain on the cutting room floor.
What l find interesting in virtually all these cases is that there are denominators common to most of them.
While prosecuted under different judicial systems, many of the charges against Pell are not dissimilar to those bought against President Trump during his impeachment trial and previously during the Mueller investigations of his fitness to hold the office he legitimately occupies. Also in the United States, we have watched the nomination of Justice Brett Cavanagh being trashed to the extent that it came close to being withdrawn - due to what proved to be baseless allegations.
But, as with the Pell case, these ordeals were close run proceedings that could well have had tragic consequences for the individuals concerned and society in general.
The common characteristics l refer to are not hard to identify.
Most charges of impropriety were lodged with the backing of the shrill voices of the "Me Too" movement in all its forms - Pro abortion, Anti free speech, Anti Christianity (especially Catholic), Anti pale, stale, males - the list goes on and includes many of the popular liberal causes of the moment.
What's more, these self described crusaders for human rights have, in the process, managed to secure the assistance of much of the free press who in turn have wasted little time using their considerable influence obtaining convictions that shouldn't even have come to charge let alone make it as far as they did through the farcical legal system.
Yet, if you had taken the time to watch or read the Australian media reaction to the Pell verdict, you would be left with the unmistakable conclusion that the decision to acquit was itself a miscarriage of justice. Their warped "lynch mob" mentality has no bounds.
On the contrary, close examination of all the examples l have used in this piece clearly shows that many of the current judicial systems operating in the Free World are under threats that could have greater consequences for the safety of civilisation as we know it than anything the Corona virus is responsible for.
It would appear that most (including parts of the police administration of each country) are in need of dramatic overhaul.
We need to get back to a position where the sworn oaths of serving officers in all legal jurisdictions are honoured when performing their duties.
Otherwise, we allow the naked political persuasion of minority pressure groups in the media and the courts to dictate who lives and who dies.
If our complacency as sovereign communities ensures that unfortunate outcome, we might be next to get the chop.
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.
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