The Age feature on Garde-Wilson
Police claim that the young solicitor has joined one of the feuding tribes in the gangland war and has crossed the line in her duty as a lawyer. So much so that some police believe her refusal to testify was in line with the crook's code of never being a dog and ratting on your mates.Frankly this is why she is in trouble. The refusing to testify things was no big deal- it wasn't self incrimination, but self preservation. One you can do and get away with, the other you can't. Go figure.
But at the core of this: the police belief she has "taken sides". Joseph Conrad, please explain:
He had taken a high seat amongst the devils of the land -- I mean literally. You can't understand. How could you? -- with solid pavement under your feet, surrounded by kind neighbours ready to cheer you or to fall on you, stepping delicately between the butcher and the policeman, in the holy terror of scandal and gallows and lunatic asylums -- how can you imagine what particular region of the first ages a man's untrammelled feet may take him into by the way of solitude -- utter solitude without a policeman -- by the way of silence -- utter silence, where no warning voice of a kind neighbour can be heard whispering of public opinion?Essentially, now the cops have decided she is a target, then she has a problem. Ask Andrew Fraser how ugly things can get once the cops decide to after you. Many lawyers are not exaclty altar boys, but if the cops decide they don't like the cut of your jib, then you will be singled out for special attention.
Zarah Garde-Wilson: this is your fate.
More from The Age article:
A senior Purana officer told The Age: "I think she's just a lonely person and doesn't have a lot of close friends." So isolated is she privately - this line of thinking runs - and so committed is she professionally, that her two worlds have merged in ways most lawyers would find unthinkable.Another reason they are going hard at her: hurt her, hurt HIM.
Last word is yours Ms Garde-Wilson:
As she said outside court recently, "It'll take a bullet in the brain to stop me."
For Christ sake, don't say shit like that.
We should state, despite this blog's generally flippant style, we really like and admire Ms Gard-Wilson's style. Really.
She just needs to grow up a little and watch that blurry line between work and life.