Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Ron Owen Shoots Gap between Rights and Law

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Ron Owen Shoots Gap between Rights and Law

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Byline: Scott Kovacevic scott.kovacevic@gympietimes.com

RON Owen's claim to the title of Queensland's most charged innocent man ignited debate over the grey area between law enforcement and civil rights.

In response to the latest charge against Mr Owen being dropped (one of more than 2850 charges he claims to have faced in his lifetime), many readers said he was a good example of knowing where the line was.

Mr Owen had been charged with assault for removing a customer from his shop who had become agitated over a perceived slow resolution to a lengthy lay-by.

When the charge was withdrawn, Mr Owen said it was not about beating the law, but protecting against mistaken agents of the state.

While some readers felt his claims were nothing to be proud of, Linda Carruthers disagreed.

"He's not a criminal bragging about getting away with petty crimes," she said.

"Just a man with very strong beliefs, who is capable of challenging the establishment. …

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