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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Busy while someone is on trial


I’m pretty busy at the moment but not too busy to find the Clayton Weatherston trial disturbing, particularly his clam of provocation.

As Anita says, s169 of the Crimes Act says that blaming a victim is a defence, it says that if the victim provoked the offender and he killed her it is not murder. The Law Commission has recommended the section be repealed from the Crimes Act, and used as a sentencing issue only.

Was Weatherston jealous that she was packing her bags for a good Treasury job, while he missed out on getting a full time lecturers position at Otago? If so, will he get one now that he killed his former girlfriend and student?

I note that blogging academics are keeping a wide berth on commenting on this trial.

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