Catch a Fire comments on the Moniz case here, supporting Shadow Attorney General Kim Wilson’s criticisms of AG Mark Pettingill whom she admonishes for commenting on the sentence.
The idea that an AG should never comment on sentences or court judgments is nonsense, but it was unwise of Pettingill to defend a sentence in an individual case when it was politically sensitive.
If he was going to say anything, it would have been better to have said it was inappropriate to comment on individual cases where magistrates have discretion and that this is a personal matter for the Minister and his family.
If there was some question of political interference or influence, that would be another matter, but that does not seem to have been the case.
The Government would have been better advised to leave this alone. (It’s interesting that the OBA itself has wisely remained silent on this).