The resignation has been prompted by allegations of behaviour not befitting a person of his standing.
The allegation is that he frequented an eastern suburbs massage parlour, and because of that he has been forced to resign? Whilst I'm all for people being upstanding pillars in the community, it's hardly an allegation that someone should lose their job over.
Maybe I'm biased, but I really can't see what the big deal is about. OK, he visited a massage parlour... so what? Whilst some may claim it's not the most savoury of activities, it's not the end of the world. It's not like he was involved in underwworld activities and extortion, shooting etc. He simply visited a massage parlour - something probably a number of men do every week.
In my opinion, the result of this investigation is that Mark Griffin should have simply received a caution right from the very start that should his conduct become public, it could have an adverse affect on his standing in the community and judiciary. Simple. There's no more to it.
There was no need for raids on massage parlours, private residences & chambers. What items would be siezed from Mark Griffins home to prove a case? The investigation just careered off the road by over zealous officers/government wankers who are out to boost their own "I'm all important" ego's
Out of this pointless operation, Adelaide has lost a good promising judge.
What any person from the judiciary does behind closed doors is not a matter for public concern And, yes, technically, there may be elements of the unsavoury side, the investigation should have ended with a caution "If your massage parlour frequenting was to become public knowledge, it will do you damage". That's it. Then let Mr Griffin decide whether or not to continue that line of activity.
I would even go as far to say is that a lot of people in society have dark secrets they don't want other people to know. Those secrets could be that they love bondage or going to swingers parties. It doesn't matter that the person is a judge, police officer or just an ordinary person on the street. What they do behind closed doors is not our concern. I would even go as far to say that I have anecdotal evidence to say that more goes on behind closed doors than the public think... but that's personal, and I dont go splashing it around.
And to the person who dobbed Mark Griffin in, you are a scumbag. What goes around - comes round.
Good luck Mr Griffin.
At the end of the day, our government are such wankers! They have no idea what happens in the real world, and they rely upon old fart judges with beliefs that are in the sixties. At least Mark Griffin was fair and a great JUDGE.