Can one volunteer to be on the jury?

November 7th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson has made an 11th-hour decision to elect trial by jury over accusations he breached prison release conditions, promoting allegations he is “abusing” the court process.

He wants a trial by jury? I don’t think they’ll have a problem finding people to go on that jury.

The 66-year-old appeared in the Whanganui District Court this morning when he was going to defend two charges brought by the Department of Corrections.

Almost worth moving to Whanganui just so you can qualify to sit :-)


18 Responses to “Can one volunteer to be on the jury?”

  1. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Crikey, think of the money the government could raise if they sold the rights to be a jury member on that one!!

    I should imagine even access to the hearing would raise a fair amount.

    However, highly predictable behaviour from Wilson, and even more sign that rehabilitation is most unlikely any time soon.

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  2. Albert_Ross (270 comments) says:

    Oi – the man’s entitled to a fair and unprejudiced hearing, same as everybody else is.

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  3. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Of course he is Albert

    But he is unlikely to receive that in NZ given the publicity about his case.

    As far as the rehabilitation comment. I have worked with many sex offenders, those that do stuff like this (waiting for the last minute, causing as much difficulty as possible to the officials etc) are not, and are unlikely to accept the severity of their offending, and therefore, given the nature of sexual offending, are unlikely to considered ‘rehabilitated’ and able to lead a non-offending lifestyle. It is only once a serial sex offender accepts their propensity to offend in such a manner, that they have any hope of not being a danger in society.

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  4. anonymouse (709 comments) says:

    Given this scumbag’s history with Whanganui, I suspect that one of the first actions of his defence will be to claim that the trial should be moved…

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  5. peterwn (3,239 comments) says:

    He has made a bad call wanting a jury trial IMO, since if convicted, his lack of a guilty plea would not go down well with the Parole Board in the future. Perhaps he realises he has very little future, so wants the diversion of a court case to have some days out of prison, or hopes as a long shot he will be acquitted and can try to get his recall nullified.

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  6. Keeping Stock (10,267 comments) says:

    I must just about be due to get another Jury Summons :P

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  7. Kea (12,041 comments) says:

    The dirty old bugger is less of a risk than hundreds of others you have never heard off. It is another media beat up because he did not show enough remorse ect. The level of public hysteria from the sheeple is not an accurate measure of his risk to society.

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  8. RRM (9,784 comments) says:

    Kick him down the Durie Hill lift shaft. While yelling THIS IS SPARTA!

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  9. Ed Snack (1,838 comments) says:

    I may be wrong but my understanding on this case is that Wilson is guilty of contacting the person concerned which is a breach of his parole; that is the evidence that he phoned this person is kind of irrefutable. What Wilson wants to argue that the parole restriction was unreasonable and the person actually wanted to or even needed to speak to him. Thus he hopes for sympathy from a jury in a case where he has no real defense. I have no idea on the “merits” of his argument though, and I do rather doubt that he will get much sympathy.

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  10. dime (9,796 comments) says:

    I’ll never be your beast of blenheim….

    Thats what goes through my head whenever I see a story on this POS.

    Kea – yeah, he didnt show remorse, apart from that hes just a good bastard who did his time lmao


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  11. Kea (12,041 comments) says:

    dime, gosh is that really the message you took from my post ? ;)

    Trust me, he is way less of a risk than many others.

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  12. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Give the guy a fair trial. He’s done his time, his life is fucked anyway, so let him retire and disappear.

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  13. davidp (3,576 comments) says:

    I’m really not interested in serving on any jury at any time, regardless of the crime.

    So I’ve already decided that this guy is guilty. If I’m summoned as a juror then I’ll be printing off this comment thread as evidence that I am biased.

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  14. gump (1,620 comments) says:

    @Ed Snack

    According to media reports, the person concerned (Ms A) was in contact with Wilson for seven years while he was in prison and sent him a Xmas gift after he was released.

    As much as I dislike Wilson, I find it hard to understand the logic of a system that permits people to communicate with each other while in jail but prohibits them from communicating when they’re released. It seems somewhat capricious.

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  15. goldnkiwi (1,264 comments) says:

    Also wasn’t there some comment regarding the capabilities of a cell phone? Wasn’t he allowed to have a phone at all? It would seem to me that it is nigh on impossible to get ‘basic’ cellphones without all sorts of annoying extras.

    The amount of unauthorised/illegal contraband ie phones and drugs that get into ‘secure’ compounds never ceases to amaze me.
    The jury request seems odd to me but so does the need for a trial, he was not really ‘free’ as it was.

    As for any arguments re the cost, I am surprised that there is any money lefty in the kitty, because of others ‘pet’ causes. ;)

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  16. David Garrett (6,995 comments) says:

    Kea: Wilson has never shown ANY remorse for his terrible crimes against numerous women over a very long period…He fact as far as he is concerned, he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

    Sadly it appears that in this particular instance, the woman he tried to contact was a willing party…but that is not the point. the law doesnt just operate to protect those smart enough to act in their own best interests.

    There are a good number of “criminals” (both with and without the ” ” marks) within the criminal justice system for whom one can have some, or a great deal, of sympathy, Teina Pora being perhaps the best current example…Stewart Murray Wilson is not one of those people..

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  17. Ross Nixon (559 comments) says:

    Can one volunteer to be on the jury?

    You can try. Go along to a jury selection; when a name is called that appears to get no response, pretend to be that person. The worst that can happen is that you’ll be picked for the wrong case!

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  18. David Garrett (6,995 comments) says:

    Ross Nixon: I can state with some degree of certainty that impersonating other people – for any reason, or none – is a practice one ought to avoid like the plague…

    gump: I agree….that doesnt seem to make much sense…except I guess that while he is banged up, Wilson’s “communications” can’t go any further…

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