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Monday, July 24, 2006

PRISON BLOG FROM TIM

c/-Mt Eden Prison

A copy of my warrant of commitment for imprisonment was given to me today. The first page is for sedition –“imprisonment for a term of 2 months”. There’s also a note that leave to apply for Home Detention has been declined.” What do you expect from a judge married to a cop? What do you expect from a judge who did not even mention, at all, not even once, that I had written a personal submission to her and yet spent a majority of her time outlining the Crown’s submission? What do you expect from a judge who thinks the starting point for sentencing is even harsher than the Crown’s!? What do you expect from a judge who refused to acknowledge that the probation report suggested that I only come up for sentence if called upon (ie nothing)? Well, that judge can expect an appeal.

The timing of the sedition charges with offences committed a decade ago is purely bad luck for me. The judge used this coincidence considerably. To link the two sets of offences and to say that one aggrevates the other is going too far. The recent event could even, should even, be seen as mitigating the other. I am the first to acknowledge that I have made serious errors and embarked on regrettable and selfish actions that although undetected for many years were nevertheless shameful and (intellectually at least) ghoulish. This means I have to make amends.

Now on my way to helping the Crown – trying to stop mistakes occurring, trying to stop the government doing something it will be ashamed of, trying to stop the Crown acting illegally and unconstitutionally according to the Crown (and the judge) is sedition.

I cannot find anywhere on my commitment warrant the offence of criminal damage conspiracy which I pleaded guilty to – it was always the sedition charge that was important.

Is sending me to jail going to make me respect the authority of the Crown? Does it make you respect it?

Tim Selwyn
Prison Blogger

12 Comments:

At 24/7/06 6:52 pm, Anonymous Richard said...

The poor dear. I wonder what's Tim's plan for repaying the money he stole, since he's into making amends.

 
At 24/7/06 11:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't drop the soap!

 
At 25/7/06 8:31 am, Anonymous Leanne said...

Good luck with everything Tim. What has happened to you is a complete shambles and I admire your honesty and your ability to just get on with it. Keep writing and keep your head up. This time will pass and one day you will have some fantastic stories to tell your grandkids. Leanne

 
At 25/7/06 8:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bomber, did you type this out? As a o-n-e f-i-n-g-e-r t-y-p-i-s-t this must have taken all day!

Thanks for bring us Tim's views from behind the iron curtain.

 
At 25/7/06 9:59 am, Anonymous bomber said...

.....................................................g-r-i-n

 
At 27/7/06 1:19 am, Anonymous Deano said...

Stop whining. You committed multiple crimes. Man up and do your time. If you do it without too much whinging people will respect you.

 
At 30/7/06 1:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The judge isn't married to a cop - he's an ex-cop and is actually a defence lawyer who does a bloody good job for his clients.

/still think the sentence was ott
//still think the Bill of Rights provides a complete defence to the sedition charge

 
At 31/7/06 5:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can understand where Tim is coming from. the justice system sucks and it is so unfair. They should give the time for those that do commit CRIMES, not those who when the judge is bored or had a bad day they can give people extra time. I have experience in this line and I know that some in Mt Eden got less time for a worse crime!!

 
At 31/7/06 11:51 pm, Anonymous LMC said...

Heh! So it is all someone else's fault, eh?

No wonder you are on the left of the spectrum.

All the same, best of luck mate. The sentance was well over the top. I wonder what kind of country we are becomming sometimes.

 
At 1/8/06 3:58 pm, Anonymous sKILLz said...

Well of course the justice system sucks. Are you just learning this? Can we REALLY fight them? Will we EVER get anwhere? These are the REAL questions!

 
At 22/8/06 10:46 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

D.O.C are that corrupt that half the public don't give a toss. I been out 8mths from a womens there worse than the mens I fought to I blue in the face in which denied me my parole. Its a hard fight but keep at it they want to take ya dignity and pride as that the only think they can if ya let him. Inmates run the prisons not the screws.

 
At 18/10/06 11:13 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like something butch would say from a GIRLS motel.
The losers who keep going back to prison like to think they run the jail.Very staunch in numbers and drop their balls or lip when confronted away from mates. All the same low lives. Bring in tazers to give some fun to a boring day for us who have to put up with the low lifes.

 

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