Headlines don’t get immunity

By | 2014/01/19

Having previously been fined $100,000 for contempt of court following a breach of a suppression order regarding the killer of Jill Meagher, Derryn Hinch, aka “human headline”, Derryn Hinch was arrested this week for failing to pay up.

The subject of the murder of Jill Meagher is no doubt still enflamed, and will remain so for some time, and full sympathy remains with her family and loved ones – as well as other families and friends of people killed from violent crime.

Yet like it or not, Hinch is not above the law. He’s made a career in the media purportedly taking a tough stand on crime. The questions you have to ask when he’s sent to gaol for failing to pay a court ordered fine are fairly simple ones:

  • Is Hinch only vehemently opposed to other people breaking the law, or
  • Is he only vehemently opposed to people breaking fashionable laws?
  • And if Hinch feels that he should be allowed to break court suppression orders, what other laws does Hinch think he should be allowed to break, just because he disagrees with them?

According to The Guardian:

Hinch said he would go to jail on principle to draw attention to what he believes are inadequate sentences for crimes of violence, child pornography and king-hit killers.

The Guardian, 17 January 2014, Derryn Hinch arrested for failing to pay $100,000 fine

It’s not the first time – according to The Guardian, Hinch did time in 1987 for revealing details about a paedophile while a trial was still pending for the individual.

Not a pleasant topic, that’s to be sure.

There are better ways to agitate for change than committing contempt of court.

And there are better ways of demonstrating your sense of justice than refusing to pay your fines.

Shame Hinch, Shame.