On The Right Of Silence, Torture and the Slippery Slope to Hell on Earth.

According to a report from the Coroner who investigated the Kahui case the father Chris Kahui was solely responsible for the death of his two young sons. I’ll take his worth for it because as the situation stands we will never hear it from Chris himself.

It should come as no surprise that Sensible Sentencing Trust founder Garth McVicar immediately responded with the usual vitriolic attacks on the rights of accused such as the right to silence and while I understand the frustration of those around Chris Kahui and Scott Guy and however much we would wish that people would just own up to their deeds so the rest can grief and get on with it here are some reasons as to why you might want to hold on to the right of silence.

The right of silence while convenient for those guilty was established because it affected the innocent to a much higher degree.

If you do not have the right to be silent when accused, the people around you such as the police  have the right  to force you to speak. If you speak to your innocence and they do not believe you they will inevitable try to force you to tell them what they want to hear. The argument? Accused people will lie and therefore it is up to us (the Police) to find out and that will lead to abuse, torture and people saying what it is the police want to hear resulting in people in jail who do not belong there.

If the police like in the Kahui or the Guy case can not make the case with evidence it will inevitably lead to pressure, torture and abuse if we deny the accused in cases such as these the right to silence. It is not a society I would like to find myself in.