Opinion

The Human Headline has a mission, but is he doing it right?

Derryn Hinch
Derryn Hinch www.hinch.net

HE'S  a man you either love to love or love to hate.

And most readers have grown up with his antics.

I'm talking about Derryn "Shame, Shame, Shame" Hinch.

While he is no longer a high-profile television personality, he still manages to create headlines in print via his actions on his radio show and has even dubbed himself the Human Headline (his Twitter account is @humanheadline).

This week, he has made headlines for his sixth contempt of court conviction by refusing to pay the court ordered fine of $100,000 and therefore having to spend 50 days in jail.

What do you think of Derryn Hinch's repeat offending of contempt of court?

This poll ended on 31 January 2014.

Someone has to do it - 59%

He should comply with the law like the rest of us - 21%

Maybe he should review how he goes about his mission and do it a more legally way - 18%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

In his blog about why he opted to go to jail rather than pay the fine, Hinch today wrote "I am not paying the $100,000 fine on principle. Not because I cannot afford it. And the judge ordered that nobody else can pay it for me. I have accepted some funds towards the court-ordered costs and legal fees and for that I thank you.

I am electing to go to jail for 50 days to protest against a court system which sees rapists and murderers let out on parole to rape and kill again.

"I am going to jail to draw attention to all the suspended sentences for crimes of violence and child pornographers and those obscenely short jail terms for king hit killers.

"I also hope the media attention from my arrest and jailing will draw attention to my campaign for a national register of convicted sex offenders. Already, 30,000 of you have signed it.

"And if my drastic personal action draws attention to judges and magistrates being way out of touch with community expectations and your safety, then every day behind bars will be worth it."

READ HINCH'S BLOG HERE:

This latest contempt of court matter was in relation to a Victorian Supreme Court suppression order about Jill Meagher's killer.

Hinch has spent time in jail in the past for contempt of court, along with home detention.

He has identified paedophiles and their prior convictions, including one who had a trial pending.

His actions are debated by many, including journalists and victims of crime groups.

As a reporter, I do have mixed feelings about the matter. We all have to comply with the law, even when we don't like it. But, on the other hand, too many times have I seen repeat offenders appear in court and wonder what more could be done to deter these people from committing crimes.

I do think maybe our court system should  be changed so that juries are given the criminal history of an accused, particularly in the cases of repeat rapists, murderers and paedophiles.

I also think parole should be made even harder for these repeat offenders, and even first time offenders likely to become repeat offenders, in an effort to protect more people in the community. Buggar the costs involved in keeping them in jail.

I also think there are states in Australia, such as Queensland and Victoria, that are too lenient when sentencing criminals.

Here are the thoughts of some readers:

Megan Malone  - I don't understand why these scum are protected? What about the rights of the victims and public who deserve to know? Good on you Derryn Hinch 

Irma Pasaribu - Good on Derryn H, admired people like him!

Mark Campbell - Good on him for taking a stand, some of our law profession are way way out of touch with the public feeling of these parasites. Come on Ron, does he really need publicity at age 69!

Patricia Arnold - I say good on him. More people should have the guts to stand up and name them. If this happened to your child wouldn't you want the public to know so they are aware of what's happening in their area. Keep doing it Derryn.

Ron Garland - He's a publicity hunter, Hinch is NOT above the law and he should be subject to them like everyone else, as far as paying a $100,000 fine for 50 days in jail that's a light penalty compared to the fine. He's a repeat offender so no sympathy

Wendy Norman - Good on him for taking a stand ... somebody at least has the balls to fight for the safety of families n little people who have no voice for themselves ... if his actions saves just 1 child from being raped and or murdered then his stance has been worthwhile ... if it was my child he saved I couldn't thank him enough 😀

Petros Khalesirad - Hinch should be a judge, not a person treated like a criminal. Hinch is doing what is right and that is taking rights away from people who no longer deserve them.

Lauren Jensen - Good on Derryn Hinch. Why can't more people have the guts to expose the scum of the earth whenever they get the chance. Too many people in high places have no backbone.

Natalie Spindler - I support what he is doing . We all should have the right to this information , especially about pedophiles . Alot of the time the justice system is way too soft on these criminals and they get let out of jail only to offend again . They chose their path in life and too many innocents are suffering or dead as they can't change or refuse to change . All Derrin is trying to do is ensure people's safety . That should be our right . Don't punish him for telling the truth , Change our laws and keep these criminals in jail for life .

Lou Neilson - Sign his petition

Tanya N Rick - I say good on him the public have a right to know

Brian Wolfe - lets all get behind him and all name the scums that prey on kids...scum,scum,scum

Dell Jennings Crawford - Yes Derryn good for you

Carmen Challen - Good on ya Hinchy

Awhina J Williams - I think that's fantastic and we need more willing to stand up and name and Shame!!!

Darlene Bowen - This information is readily available on the internet so it's already public. He is just saving us time.

Dean Reed - Why do the criminals get protected and the victims continue to pay the price, good on him I say.

Angel Pollard - I think it is great, on ya hinchy!!

Topics:  derryn hinch editors picks murderer pedophile rapist



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