Dear Editor, reading the reply from Mr. Tamatoa Jonassen to my previous letter, which unfortunately was published without my name, I feel compelled to clarify a few points (‘Ample time’ to re-register companies, Cook Islands News February 10).
I have seen in the newspaper the notice by the Ministry of Justice regarding
the re-registration due by the end of December 2020. I went on the website and
completed the form that was there. When I
found that my company was struck off in January, I went to the Ministry where I
was told the reason was an incomplete re-registration not following the
instructions on how to do it properly published on the Ministry Facebook Blog
then asked a lawyer to apply for re-registration to the criminal register,
following companies’ office staff indications. After a while it became evident
that re-registration was impossible without amending the act.
amendment was passed in October 2021; I asked again a
lawyer to follow up with the re-registration and after 3 months the amended act became a law; still...nothing!
your reply I can see the involvement of Asian Development Bank and another
entity in fixing the software problem that apparently is not allowing for
re-registration, and your time requirement to do so, is one
will wait for such a time patiently and with the hope you will maintain the weeks’ notice
you wrote in the newspaper.
N.H. Paolo Ferruccio
for medicinal use
Georgia, USA, cannabis for medicinal use is allowed and in many cities of
Georgia recreational use was decriminalised
in 2018, before Georgia got rid of their archaic and oppressive laws on cannabis,
there was a trial for a man cultivating marijuana, a felony that carries a
mandatory 1 year in prison.
defendant grew marijuana for personal use to treat chronic headaches, he even
admitted he was guilty.
jury had a decision to make, find the defendant guilty of growing cannabis and
possessing drug related objects, or deem him innocent.
three days of trial, the jury spent 2 hours and ultimately found him not guilty
on all counts. He was acquitted through a process known as Jury
people – and even lawyers – are surprised to learn that juries are not required
to follow the law.
if the judge wanted to give this man a pass, his hands would be tied. Only the
jury’s leniency and right to nullify allowed the defendant to avoid a serious
nullification isn’t unheard of, but seemed to symbolically challenge stringent
a jury’s conscience takes over and tells them that someone does not deserve
criminal punishment for his or her actions, regarding the law, the jury can
choose to acquit.
exercised their right to judge not simply based on the letter of the law but
also their conscience and understanding of the context of the case.
jury’s knowing and deliberate rejection of the evidence or refusal to apply the
law either because the jury wants to send a message about some social issue
that is larger than the case itself, or because the results dictated by law is
contrary to the jury’s sense of justice, morality, or fairness.
there is the phenomenon of a hung jury where an insufficient number of jurors
voting one way or another to deliver either a guilty or not guilty verdict of a
defendant brought up on cannabis charges is resulting in mistrials. The
defendant is not convicted and the state would find it hard to convict in
another trial given the favourable polling numbers for marijuana.
front page picture (yesterday) of the Seabed Minerals Authority with the
Cheshire Cat grins reminds this writer of the front page picture of Tim Tepaki
and his grinning team of about the same size when announcing the re-start of
the Sheraton Hotel.
question has been asked before, and should be asked again. If this latest
think-big scheme goes pear-shaped, and like the Sheraton and Toa-Gate costs
this country’s taxpayers millions, who in yesterday’s picture will be going
into pocket to cover the loss?