Judge Jerry and his wife Barbara, from Vancouver BC. toured NZ in 2008.
Jerry was LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP.CC) visiting guest following up on the successful LEAP tour of 2004. Jerry did an awesome presentation to the Law Commission linking Cannabis and Alcohol Policy in an all drug framework. (see elsewhere on MildGreens Blog)
Presentations and Lectures in Auckland (AUT ProVice Chancellor's Winter Lectures) to Dunedin City Council "community safety" Committee along with a notable guest speaking spot at the Christchurch 2008 "Cutting Edge" Conference left a powerful voice for reform.
I recall Jerry's insight into prohibitions 'deviancy amplification' following the shooting of South Auckland undercover cop Don Wilkinson and the hammering death of a fourteen year old over a tinnie, as the facts became known.
Media gave no traction to it but he said, and it worth reflecting on in this time of 'cop bashings' that when the rule of law is in disrepute Policing becomes 'honourable men on mission impossible'.
On behalf of Kevin O'Connell and myself, and all of those whom I know connected with his courageous and committed message, condolences to his wife Barbara and family.
!. New Zealand: The Drug War Has 'Failed' Says Visiting Judge [ODT]
!. click for Jerry's page on LEAP's website)
! information for Jerry's memorial get together in Vanvouver.
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