Judges have always been a law unto themselves – pun intended and Gombeen Man has exposed a few of the more idiotic goings on in courts around the country. Another to add to the list is the Honourable (?) Judge Donagh McDonagh (I’m always wary of those that have the same first and last names).
The venerable judge sat in the case of Garda Gerard Curtis, accused of using excessive force against John Paul Maughan, a Dublin scumbag, following a high-speed car chase. The brave Garda smashed the windows of the car and dragged said scumbag out before laying into him with a baton. Now, whatever about the scumbag deserving a kicking instead of a trial, it is surely up to the brave Garda to show restraint when in possession of a weapon rather than using it to tenderise fleeing suspects.
The judge ordered that the jury in the case acquit the brave Garda because the prosecution had “failed to disprove the accused was acting in self-defence when he hit the suspect with his baton.” What a great example of using words to confuse. Was it not up to the brave Garda to prove that he had acted in self-defence? After all, that is what would happen if you or I decided to take a stick to a scumbag. His Honour equated the assault by the brave Garda to that inflicted on Rodney King by members of the brave LA police force. Even more bizarrely, the judge also said, after viewing CCTV footage, “[t]his to me is a case of a single Garda overreacting.” He went on to castigate the 15 colleagues of the brave Garda for being partisan and maybe not being entirely truthful as to the facts of the beating. So, the brave Garda is ordered to be acquitted even though the judge thought that he used excessive force, nice use of one arm of the state to protect another.
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Posted in children, church, culture, dublin diocese, fianna fail, law, paedophiles, society, state, tagged blasphemy, governance, government, inept, politicians, resign on February 17, 2010 |
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What happens to people in this country when they get to a position of power? Do they just subscribe to the adage that power corrupts? Or maybe its as simple as living in a culture where there is no responsibility and it doesn’t really matter what you do as you will not be answerable. Even the language of power doesn’t acknowledge that doing wrong must lead to some sort of punishment. Dáil deputies cannot be called liars in the Dáil, no they tell untruths or omit to tell the truth. If we did the same we would be liars and quite rightly so. Power is facilitated in this by the lack of action by the police and the courts.
Willie O’Dea told ‘untruths’ to the High Court. According to himself he forgot what he had said in a taped interview three weeks prior to the signed affidavit to the High Court. Actually what he did was perjure himself. Perjury is a criminal offence yet O’Dea has not been charged with the crime, let alone arrested for it. O’Dea doesn’t even recognise that he is further diminishing the standing of politics in this country.
The Catholic bishops of Dublin colluded with and facilitated the abuse of children in Dublin. This is another criminal act. Yet, as with O’Dea, the authorities have been silent on the issue. The bishops went off to Rome to kiss the pope’s ring (insert your own appropriate gag). They got a bit of a telling off and then listened as the weasel-faced bastard tried to blame a lack of faith for preponderance of paedophiles in the Irish institution. These bishops should be in handcuffs and chains and not colluding in writing a pastoral letter that will absolve them and put the blame back on the victims.
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Posted in charlatans, fianna fail, law, society, Up against the wall, yes minister, tagged begger, government, inept, politicians, resign on January 26, 2010 |
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From Dermot Ahern’s (Minister for Injustice, Xenophobia and Jail-for-All) website:
There are various reasons why the law on begging needs to be reformed, not least the fact that some vulnerable members of the public are often fearful when approached on the street by individuals begging.
Intimidation and threats of violence are sometimes used by these people and women and the elderly are often fearful for their own personal safety.
At last he’s doing something about politician’s begging canvassing for our votes…
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