In the public interest or not

In the public interest or not

In the public interest or not

First published in Opinion

JOHN Clarke was not the first teacher to have been convicted of downloading indecent images of children.

Judge Samuel Wiggs was at pains to explain why he was not sending Clarke to prison yesterday.

The public interest was, he said, one consideration. The public is unlikely to agree with his assessment.

The day after Rotherham, it is surely time to rethink the whole approach to sex offenders like Clarke.

Sentencing guidelines and toughening up punishment would be the first place to start.

Most people will never be able to understand why and how the likes of Clarke manage to avoid jail.

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2:58pm Thu 28 Aug 14

JackCracker says...

Does Wiggs realise that the indecent images of children are of REAL children? Does he understand that by encouraging, yes, encouraging, pondslime like Clarke and his ilk by refusing to punish them, he in effect continues to promote the exploitation of these youngsters? Does he understand that by not condemning Clarke and the like, he is in fact condemning even more children to a life of exploitation, shame, and guilt.

How do we get rid of incompetent judges?
Does Wiggs realise that the indecent images of children are of REAL children? Does he understand that by encouraging, yes, encouraging, pondslime like Clarke and his ilk by refusing to punish them, he in effect continues to promote the exploitation of these youngsters? Does he understand that by not condemning Clarke and the like, he is in fact condemning even more children to a life of exploitation, shame, and guilt. How do we get rid of incompetent judges? JackCracker
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