Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bye-bye Your Honour

Judge Sarah Bradley in Cairns, Queensland, has been stood down. Good.

The judge handed out bash-you-with-a-feather sentences to nine men guilty of gang-raping a 10-year-old girl.

"Although the men all pleaded guilty to the rape in 2005, Judge Bradley ordered no conviction be recorded against six offenders, who were juveniles. The other three had their six-month prison sentences suspended for a year.

"In sentencing, Judge Bradley said: 'I accept that the girl … was not forced, and that she probably agreed to have sex with all of you.'"

Aboriginal leaders want rape case judge dismissed

Correction, 12/12/07: Colin T of Queensland correctly informs me that it is the Crown Prosecutor, and not the judge, who has been stood down. My apologies.

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