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Offender Anita Killeen Gets Special Treatment

You might have come across this case last week in which a former Chief Prosecutor for the Serious Fraud Office was nicely discharged without conviction after pleading guilty to forgery charges for which she could have been jailed for up to 10 years. She was also given special treatment during the trial. A complaint was made to the NZ Law Society about this but nobody seems to have mentioned the obvious, that aside from being a lawyer the next most important factor in her special treatment will have been the pussy pass. The Ministry of Men’s Affairs has asked the Law Society to investigate the role of her gender in how amazingly well she was treated (see below). You see, on the Law Society’s web page it displays an item asserting that it opposes “any gender discrimination” , in relation to objections by a female lawyer that the Hawke’s Bay branch Christmas social was to be held at the premises of a club that allowed only male members. Well, let’s see if the Law Society is true to its word, or if it really meant that it opposes any gender discrimination except that favouring women or disadvantaging men. The Ministry of Men’s Affairs also issued a media release about this (see below), and as usual all media appeared to have binned it. Anything inconsistent with feminism just ain’t sexy enough huh?

Then today we see an other quite unbelievable example of the pussy pass in action. This female teacher seriously tried to organize, through a student, the kneecapping of her male principal (by some man of course). No worries to our Courts, she was given diversion and discharged without conviction! The Teacher’s Council has also decided she’s quite fit and proper to be teaching our kids again. Can this really be happening?

MMA
MINISTRY OF MEN’S AFFAIRS
MINITATANGA MO NGA TANE

PO Box 13130, Tauranga 3141
mmainnz@gmail.com

13 December 2012

Paul Byers
Legal Standards Officer
NZ Law Society
PO Box 5041
WELLINGTON 6145
Sent via email to complaints@lawsociety.org.nz and inquiries@lawsociety.org.nz

Dear Mr Byers

Re: Apparent special treatment of criminal offender Anita Killeen

We understand that a complaint has been made concerning the special treatment Ms Killeen received during “sentencing’ for serious forgery offences that she admitted.

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs, an NGO existing to protect the interests of men and fathers because successive NZ governments have failed to do so, requests that in investigating the special treatment shown towards Ms Killeen, the NZ Law Society also investigates the role of her gender.

New Zealand research published in the prestigious international journal Criminology previously proved pro-female gender discrimination in Court sentencing (Jeffries et al, 2003) but no attempt has ever been made to address this disparity.

It is obvious to an ever-increasing number of men and women that New Zealand’s criminal justice system frequently continues to show bias in favour of female offenders. The men’s political movement refers to this phenomenon as the “pussy pass’.

Sentencing bias favouring women (conversely, discriminating against men) is almost always apparent and often blatantly so. For example, just over the last few weeks we have seen the following examples in which women were treated more leniently by juries or judges than men would have been for the same crimes:

Judge rejects Hawke’s remorse
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10852698

Extortionist stripper sentenced to community work
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10852350

Woman found not guilty of murdering partner
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10852436

Bigamist sentenced over insurance scam
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10851914

Fake Apple trader lucky to avoid jail
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10851029

Booze crash mum avoids jail
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10850582

Men’s movement web blogs in New Zealand have frequently commented on gender bias in sentencing as well as in judges’ comments and news reporting concerning female offenders when compared with that for male offenders. I attach herewith a range of cases commented on at various sporadic times over recent years.

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs does not necessarily call for harsher treatment of women but it does want gender equality. In many cases there would be justification for showing similar levels of understanding and mercy towards men as is typically shown towards women, while in other cases female offenders clearly deserve much greater accountability.

The NZ Law Society has on its web site a current news release titled “Law Society opposes any gender discrimination’. This release was in response to the objection by a female lawyer to a Law Society social event being held at the premises of a club that allowed only male members. The release expressed a hope that the club might be persuaded to change its policy about male-only membership. The Ministry of Men’s Affairs is concerned that the Law Society’s claimed opposition to gender discrimination never appears to have been supported by any action or expression of concern regarding discrimination in favour of female defendants and offenders, gender bias in the Family Court, ongoing gender bias in a number of laws including “Male Assaults Female’ and “Infanticide’, or about numerous women-only organizations and services such as gymnasiums, domestic violence shelters and businesswomen’s groups.

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs urges the NZ Law Society to demonstrate that its claim of opposing any gender discrimination is more than a hollow slogan that simply supports women’s concerns, by
(i) investigating the role of gender bias in the Court’s treatment of Ms Killeen, and
(ii) monitoring and commenting on the almost ubiquitous favouring of women in our justice system.

Yours faithfully

Kerry Bevin
Programmes Manager
Ministry of Men’s Affairs

Copy to: David Lloyd-Barker via email to david@saferpapakura.co.nz

REFERENCE

Jeffries S, Fletcher GJ, Newbold G (2003). Pathways to sex-based differentiation in criminal court sentencing. Criminology 41(2), 329-354

MMA
MINISTRY OF MEN’S AFFAIRS
MINITATANGA MO NGA TANE

PO Box 13130, Tauranga 3141
mmainnz@gmail.com

Contact Kerry Bevin (09)4247762 or Hans Laven (0274)799745

13 December 2012

MEDIA RELEASE

Gender Discrimination Alleged in Sentencing

Community group The Ministry of Men’s Affairs has asked the NZ Law Society to investigate whether gender discrimination led to special treatment of a former top barrister and prosecutor in the Auckland District Court this week. Anita Killeen pleaded guilty to forgery offences for which she could have been jailed for up to ten years, but at sentencing she was allowed special privileges in the Court and then was discharged without conviction.

Research by Professor Greg Newbold and others at the University of Canterbury has previously shown that women typically are treated more leniently than men by NZ Courts. According to spokesman for the Ministry of Men’s Affairs, Kerry Bevin, nothing has ever been done to address this gender inequality.

Mr Bevin said “The Law Society has a current release on its web site claiming that it opposes any gender discrimination. Well, the Society now has the opportunity to demonstrate its claim by investigating and speaking up about the amazingly lenient treatment Ms Killeen has enjoyed.”

Mr Bevin also challenged the Law Society to speak up against ongoing gender discrimination in some laws such as Male Assaults Female and Infanticide, and against women-only clubs and services. He said the Society had encouraged a club in Hawke’s Bay to change its men-only membership rule, and he questioned why nothing was said about women-only gyms, domestic violence shelters and businesswomen clubs.

Mr Bevin emphasized that The Ministry of Men’s Affairs does not necessarily call for harsher treatment of female offenders but it does want gender equality. “In many cases there would be justification for showing similar levels of understanding and mercy towards men as is typically shown towards women, while in some other cases female criminals clearly deserve much greater accountability.”
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