Tag Archives: aims of criminal law

Mandatory sentencing – Throwing away the key is not the answer

In The Age today, it has been reported that the Victorian government is considering mandatory sentencing for young offenders of violent crime: The Baillieu government plans to introduce mandatory minimum jail terms for youths aged 16 and 17 convicted of violent offences, despite concern among the legal profession. Attorney-General Robert Clark has asked the Sentencing […]

Disgorging dingo money…

I’m fascinated by cases where people are forced to cough up their ill-gotten gains (in my field, we call it ‘disgorgement’). Now, as I’ve noted on the recent David Hicks post, most of the cases involve ex-spies or something of that sort. Heath G has alerted me to a case which is a little out […]

Restitution for wrongs and child pornography

A friend alerted to me to an interesting case reported in the New York Times involving monetary restitution to a victim of child pornography  who goes by the pseudonym “Amy”. When she was 8 or 9 years old, Amy’s uncle had filmed her in a series of pornographic photographs known as the “Misty” series. Amy […]

Charged with receiving chocolate frog

There’s not much to say about this story except that it is utterly outrageous: An Aboriginal boy, 12, will face a children’s court today charged with receiving a stolen Freddo frog. The chocolate frog, allegedly shoplifted by the child’s friend from a Coles supermarket in regional Western Australia, usually sells for about 70 cents. The […]