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Parties would change three-strikes law

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgStuff.co.nz 1 May 2013Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party all say they would repeal or alter the three-strikes legislation after the issuing of a second strike to Hastings man Elijah Whaanga. Whaanga, 21, was sentenced to two years’ jail and issued with his second strike by Judge Tony Adeane in the Napier District Court on April 18 after pleading guilty to two charges of aggravated robbery. The offences involved Whaanga and an accomplice attacking victims on two occasions last August. In one, Whaanga took a skateboard, hat and cigarette lighter from the victim after trying unsuccessfully to remove the victim’s jacket. The second involved Whaanga kicking the victim in his leg and taking his hat and cellphone. Aggravated robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years’ prison, can involve a robbery that causes the victim grievous bodily harm, robbery while armed with an offensive weapon, or robbery with an accomplice. Whaanga, who now has 20 convictions as an adult, was given his first strike in 2010 for a violent aggravated robbery for which he was jointly charged. He must now serve his sentence of two years without parole. If he is issued with a third strike, a judge must impose the maximum penalty without parole unless the court believes that would be manifestly unjust. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8616330/Parties-would-change-three-strikes-lawlast_img read more

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LA Clippers must ‘stay composed’ vs. Golden State

By on August 26, 2020

first_img“We have to go out there and compete,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “Obviously, they are defending champions and a very tough team to beat at home. But we have to go in there with our game plan and be ready to play.”Apparently, word of what Golden State did to Memphis quickly made the rounds, based on what Blake Griffin said following the Clippers’ 102-96 victory over Phoenix on Monday at Staples Center.“Golden State is a good team,” Griffin said. “I have not seen any of their game (against Memphis) yet, but we know what they are. They are very confident and lethal right now. So we’ll go over some things on Wednesday and be ready to go.”Oracle Arena is extraordinarily loud. It becomes even more so when the Clippers play there because the rival teams dislike one another.Josh Smith says his team can’t get caught up in all that. Yes, the Los Angeles Clippers are 4-0, but they haven’t looked like world-beaters in taking down Sacramento, Dallas, Sacramento again and Phoenix by a combined 34 points to open the season.The defending champion Golden State Warriors are also 4-0, but they have been downright vicious in dispatching New Orleans, Houston, New Orleans again and Memphis by a total of 100 points.Moreover, the Warriors are coming off a 50-point victory (119-69) over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. It was the largest margin of defeat in Grizzlies history.This is what the Clippers will face Wednesday when they play at Golden State at 7:30 p.m. To a man, the Clippers claim they are ready to rumble. “We just have to go in there and play basketball,” he said. “It is a tough arena to get a win out of. We just have to focus on ourselves and not get bottled up in emotions from the crowd and trash-talking from the crowd. We just have to focus on ourselves and stay composed.”DeAndre Jordan can’t wait.“I am looking forward to the competition,” he said. “Two teams that want to beat each other.”In more ways than one.Still finding their wayThe Clippers’ largest margin of victory this season was 16 (104-88) against the Mavericks, a game they led by as many as 26 points. But Dallas was missing several players, including guards Deron Williams and Wes Matthews.On Monday, the Clippers held a 58-44 lead over Phoenix with 8:22 left in the third. Showing no killer instinct, the Clippers slacked off and before they knew it the Suns tied it at 70-70 with 1:32 left in the quarter.Again, this was a home game for the Clippers.Two days earlier, on Saturday, the Clippers led Sacramento 80-68 late in the third quarter at Staples Center. The Kings caught and passed the Clippers at 96-95 midway through the fourth before the Clippers emerged victorious.The Kings’ best player — center DeMarcus Cousins — did not even play in the second half because of injury.This is a not a good trend.“The last few games we haven’t closed it out the way we would like to,” Paul said, “but we are staying the course and we’re figuring it out and winning at the same time.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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