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Sofa King Cool's Avatar Comment 1 by Sofa King Cool

So he has healing powers but does not have the ability to call a taxi?

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 22:29:31 UTC | #843119

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Comment 2 by Jos Gibbons

Hooper not only had God on his side but magistrate Wayne Evans who let him go, saying the preacher was a "person of good character" under a lot of "ministerial pressure".

This reminds me of Cherie Blair letting off an assaulter for being a religious man who knew he did wrong. Also ... pressure is not what makes you drink-drive at that speed, then crash. It's reckless irresponsibility. Besides, how much pressure could a minister be under in the US? Aw, did the flock get 5 % thinner?

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 22:43:12 UTC | #843131

Nunbeliever's Avatar Comment 3 by Nunbeliever

Wayne Evans should be fired on the spot. No excuses, no explanations. Just a brief notice to empty his office and be forbidden to ever practice law in his life again. He is a disgrace and all his collegues should let him know what a sick twisted bastard he is. After his resignation he should be tried for misconduct and jailed for life!

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 23:14:04 UTC | #843157

Chris Roberts's Avatar Comment 4 by Chris Roberts

Laughable really.

You just couldn't make this shit up.

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 23:35:11 UTC | #843167

Steven Mading's Avatar Comment 5 by Steven Mading

Am I the only one that saw "NSW court" and thought "Not Safe for Work court. WTF is that?"

It took a bit to work out that in an Australian newspaper NSW might stand for New South Wales. (It's not an abbreviation in common use elsewhere).

Yeah the judge here is being an ass by letting the "please be nice to me because I'm a preacher" tactic work.

Sun, 26 Jun 2011 23:49:57 UTC | #843178

The Plc's Avatar Comment 6 by The Plc

Who does he think he is? The Pope?

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:04:14 UTC | #843182

prettygoodformonkeys's Avatar Comment 7 by prettygoodformonkeys

Madoff was under a lot of pressure when people started waking up to his Ponzi scheme, too. I don't think that would have been a good enough defence to get him off a DUI, and I really don't see a difference between the two. Since when does a "person of good character" live off the donations of people he has duped?

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:04:40 UTC | #843183

Atheist Mike's Avatar Comment 8 by Atheist Mike

Shouldn't there be laws against that sort of pleading? Not for the suspect (he can well say whatever he wants) but for the judge, restrictions concerning the supernatural or something.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:18:07 UTC | #843188

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 9 by QuestioningKat

I wonder how many of those double shots of whiskey he really had.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:29:14 UTC | #843193

AfraidToDie's Avatar Comment 10 by AfraidToDie

He was a "man of the cloth", still geting respect where none is due. .206 alcohol? He'll be back!

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:30:55 UTC | #843194

-TheCodeCrack-'s Avatar Comment 11 by -TheCodeCrack-

I'm pretty sure the magistrate should be hauled before a court for this one.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:46:35 UTC | #843220

Anonymous's Avatar Comment 12 by Anonymous

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Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:49:40 UTC | #843221

12PM's Avatar Comment 13 by 12PM

so do you still believe there is nobody above the law in Australia?

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:30:17 UTC | #843235

Steve Hanson's Avatar Comment 14 by Steve Hanson

The only "misson from god" I want to hear about involves the Blues Brothers.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:33:31 UTC | #843254

mirandaceleste's Avatar Comment 15 by mirandaceleste

"I've worked it out with the Lord. I was wrong," Hooper told The Sunday Telegraph.

Ah, I see. The voices in his head told him that he's been forgiven. Well that settles it, then!

And his Twitter account is unintentionally hilarious. Notice the overuse of the word "bro" (seriously, it's in just about every tweet). This guy is such a douchey, hypocritical jackass.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 05:23:44 UTC | #843265

Flapjack's Avatar Comment 16 by Flapjack

Is this what's meant by "Filled with the holy spirit"?

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 05:57:59 UTC | #843275

Aflacduck's Avatar Comment 17 by Aflacduck

Comment 16 by Flapjack :

Is this what's meant by "Filled with the holy spirit"?

Communion? The ingestion of holy zombie flesh...

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 06:01:36 UTC | #843277

Reckless Monkey's Avatar Comment 18 by Reckless Monkey

As much of a hypocrite and danger to society this guy is. His sentence is not atypical.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 06:50:05 UTC | #843283

Steve Hanson's Avatar Comment 19 by Steve Hanson

Comment 16 by Flapjack

Is this what's meant by "Filled with the holy spirit"?

or Holy Ale:

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 07:53:48 UTC | #843292

sunbeamforjeebus's Avatar Comment 20 by sunbeamforjeebus

I see the car repairer was called Booth.If the judge had been Cherie Booth he could have got the damage paid out of the public purse and probably an invitation to meet 'Tony' thrown in as well !

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:21:39 UTC | #843299

Stevehill's Avatar Comment 21 by Stevehill

I agree the sentence seems to be perverse, but as a matter of fact (western) courts are fully entitled to take into account the character of defendants, who are in turn entitled to call character witnesses to that end. Previous good character can be as much an influence as say a string of previous convictions.

Frankly, in most UK courts (and doubtless elsewhere) "being a priest" would be taken as evidence of good character pulling towards a lighter sentence.

I'm not saying it's right, just that's the way it is. I've also seen senior police officers walk in such cases, claiming they were pissed, or speeding, or both because they do a stressful job....

Hopefully the outrage expressed in this and other cases will help to erode that mindset amongst certain judges.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:25:08 UTC | #843302

josephor's Avatar Comment 22 by josephor

"I've worked it out with the Lord. I was wrong.


Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:30:59 UTC | #843304

thatgingerscouser's Avatar Comment 23 by thatgingerscouser

I too am a visitor to Oz and have just been slapped with a $255 'fine' for extending my tourist visa for another 3 months. My original tourist visa* was only valid for 3 months to start with.

Maybe I should just get blind drunk, drive a car, endanger the lives of the people who live here and commit criminal damage by smashing into a parked car.

If I tell them I'm a preacher I might just get my money back.

What a feckin' JOKE.

*A tourist from Australia to the UK gets 6 months visa-free travel.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:42:50 UTC | #843308

drumdaddy's Avatar Comment 24 by drumdaddy

The judge was correct. This drunk is indeed a 'person of good character', for a preacher.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:38:02 UTC | #843322

foundationist's Avatar Comment 25 by foundationist

Comment 6 by The Plc :

Who does he think he is? The Pope?

Nice one, thanks for the laugh.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:43:50 UTC | #843325

mmurray's Avatar Comment 26 by mmurray

Comment 5 by Steven Mading :

Am I the only one that saw "NSW court" and thought "Not Safe for Work court. WTF is that?"

It took a bit to work out that in an Australian newspaper NSW might stand for New South Wales. (It's not an abbreviation in common use elsewhere).

Well spotted. We never managed the neat US system of two letter abbreviations but have:

NSW = New South Wales
VIC = Victoria
TAS = Tasmania
QLD = Queensland
WA = Western Australia
ACT = Australian Capital Territory
NT = Northern Territory

Strictly speaking the first five are states and the last two territories. But that's probably more than you really want to know :-)


Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:48:39 UTC | #843328

SaganTheCat's Avatar Comment 27 by SaganTheCat

surely forgiveness from god means the court should pass a much heavier penalty for his transgression? just as those who operate within the secular law but outside of gods law will burn for all eternity.

this man has broken laws, put people at risk and now thanks to his one to one with god, is getting a lovely afterlife. surely he would himself (as a man of god) feel the need to serve a paltrey 18 months as a message to god's other children safe in the knowledge it's nothing in comparrison to eternity

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:25:12 UTC | #843344

MarkOnTheRiver's Avatar Comment 28 by MarkOnTheRiver

Pity he didn't have Cheri Blair to defend him. He might have avoided the slapped wrist entirely, and gained some compensation from the court, for having wasted his and god's time.

Edit - Damn, just seen Jos Gibbons comment.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:42:52 UTC | #843353

SomersetJohn's Avatar Comment 29 by SomersetJohn

Comment 6 by The Plc :

Who does he think he is? The Pope?

Naah, if he was the PTB would never have got him into court in the first place.

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:20:35 UTC | #843370

RDfan's Avatar Comment 30 by RDfan

From what I make of it, the judge's criteria for "good character" is not mentioned, so I'm going out on a limb with the following. The fact that the defendant was under "ministerial pressure" and of good character is a mitigating factor at sentencing, same as if he was under some other kind of work-related pressure, or in the middle of a divorce, for example.(If he had been found not guilty that would have been a different issue altogether). It is within the judge's power to make such a determination, and the honorable fellow did. If the defendant was a upstanding member of the Gnu Atheist movement, it would also be within the judge's power to consider that in mitigation. Whether or not this would happen in the latter case is a moot point. Any case-law for this?

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:37:07 UTC | #843373