February 9, 2014
A famous baseball player once said: It ain't over till the fat lady sings. Well, she sang, and the ball-game is over. Schapelle Corby walked out of her Bali prison today a free woman- subject to the conditions of her parole. She will remain on the island of Bali as part of those conditions until 2017, and will reportedly be under the care of her sister Mercedes. There is just one problem.
On her release from prison she was set upon by a large pack of reporters, who were tripping over each other in the hopes of getting a photo of Corby. It reminded me of the media frenzy of the Corby trials years ago. Schapelle it seems is once again at the mercy of the media. Hopefully her family can insulate her from the press, and give her some time to adjust to life on the outside. However, hiding out on a small island is easier said than done. It is quite possible she will make herself available to the media sometime up the road, but in the meantime- the media should give her some time to get her bearing, and have the good manners to stay the hell away from her.
Congratulations to Schapelle- hers and the prayers of her many supporters have been answered. Long overdue, but better late than never.