Bernard Finnigan, MLC who obtained child porn, can remain in SA Parliament until convicted, lawyers say

A politician found guilty of obtaining access to child pornography cannot be removed from Parliament until he is convicted and sentenced, his lawyers say, despite the South Australian Premier’s plan to remove him next week.

MLC Benard Finnigan was yesterday found guilty by the District Court of obtaining access to child pornography but the judge is yet to rule whether a conviction will be recorded.

He had been arrested at his Sefton Park home in April 2011 and charged with accessing child pornography between December 2010 and April 2011.

Mr Weatherill said Parliament would move to expel Finnigan on Tuesday.

But in a letter to Legislative Council president Russell Wortley, Finnigan’s lawyers said his seat could not be vacated until 28 days after his conviction and sentencing, which is not due until November 30.

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