the judge who has conducted the inquiry into the peter ellis case has identified serious flaws in the new zealand justice system..
he says at least twenty people may have been wrongfullly imprisoned…with no easy means of appeal/redress…
what the judge says we need….is number one..an investigation into the cases he has identified in his inquiry…and for the future..to set up systems within the justice system to allow those prisoners who claim to be innocent/framed/whatever…to be able to present their reasons why….and if valid…those reasons to be investigated…
(there is a british model we could adopt..)
that the figure of those actually wrongfully imprisoned by the judge is in fact low..is confirmed by the low usage of the current (difficult to access) appeal system..by maori and pacific islanders..
that view is strengthened by the high numbers of maori incarcerated…and how the justice system is already weighed heavily against maori..
go to source/story>>Up to 20 wrongly in jail says judge – 21 Jan 2006 – National News