My issue is not so much with what he did in the 1980s, although I do think that was awful, unacceptable, and a total abuse of his authority. What concerns me now though is that he is totally and utterly without remorse. He doesn't seem to have accepted that what he did in the 1980s, and his actions more recently in defence of those actions, was wrong.
Rickards seems to be happy to be friends with convicted rapists, and to defend them too. Perhaps in some ways it is appropriate that he's looking to the legal profession for his future career. Like Idiot/Savant, and others who have commented here recently, I really really hope that he is never in a court room cross-examining a woman. I can imagine that he might be used as a threat by some who want to intimidate those they have raped, abused or assaulted: "if you go to the cops I'll get Clint Rickards as my lawyer."
The rape cases associated with ex-police officers Rickards, Shipton and Schollum have probably already had a chilling effect on the reporting of rape. While the Police have done considerable work to encourage complainants, the media coverage and the treatment of Louise Nicholas, and let's not forget the verdicts, would all have discouraged people from coming forward. Even if Rickards never works on a rape case in his legal career, there will still be people put off reporting in part out of fear that they'll have to face him.
What does Rickards hope to achieve by becoming a lawyer? He told the Herald on Sunday:
"With my 25-28 years' experience, I am in a unique position to give back to my people because it's got to stop [he means abuse, violence]."But does Rickards really get what it means to stop abuse and violence? The first step surely is to recognise that what you've done is wrong - how can he be a role-model in that regard when his notoriety comes from not admitting fault?
Here's hoping he has a hitherto unknown passion for the minutiae of copyright law or maybe real estate transfers. Even then I'd hate to ever have to deal with him, and I suspect many other women would feel the same way.
Oh and by the way, the NZ Law Society's Council has three women on it. And twenty-one men.