1080p: It is morally reprehensible to sleep with your neighbours wife but not many people will turn down the opportunity if she is attractive and good to go. Should they also be in prison?
I am stuggling to find the similarities between this example you have supplied and the right for someone to always be silent?? Don't know how the neighbours wife came into the discussion?
In this case we have the following:
1) I think there is proof enough already that these witnesses were at the house and they know something. It says so in the article.
2) Because of the above, that witness should not have the right to silence.
And when I say deny that person the right to silence, where did I say throw them in jail?
Lets take a step back. These witnesses should actually be charged with being an accessory to murder. (see point 1 above) Why were there no charges? Is that right? I don't believe so. They know something, they are refusing to talk. The case remains unsolved, a women is dead, no charges laid against anybody. life goes on. Everybody sings Kumbaya.
If there is proof. And I believe that in this case there is sufficient proof already that these witnesses know something, then maybe jail is sufficient for them. But nowhere am I saying that people should be put in jail for simply keeping quiet. You seem to have run off on a tangent on this one? Im only suggesting jail (point 2), if we already have proof of (point 1)
1080p: Nine times in ten people will speak with Police if they witness criminal activity. This is already the case and incredibly unlikely to change. Simultaneously it is also true that there will be people who refuse to speak for whatever reason and that should be their right. Tragedies like the Kahui case do occur but they are not common and should not be the basis to remove one of the most fundamental rights a citizen of a free society possesses.
Nine times out of ten?
Should I be taking anything you say seriously? Where did you pull those numbers from?
Half of your post above is presuming that we throw everyone in jail for not talking. And nobody is suggesting that.