The Maori King's son wasn't given preferential treatment when he was discharged without a conviction on charges of burglary, theft and drink driving, says Mana Party member and lawyer Annette Sykes.
Korotangi Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to all the charges related to two separate incidents from March this year and October 2013.
His friends Te Ahorangi Totorewa, 20, Hamuera Wipoha Pugh, 19, and Raa Ngaru Smith, 18 were all discharged without conviction in Gisborne District Court on Monday over the March burglary and theft incident.
Yesterday in the Auckland District Court, Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki without conviction.
Ms Sykes told Newstalk ZB this morning that was appropriate.
"The principle of equal treatment needed to be taken in to account," she said.
"Remember [the co-offenders] were dealt with first and they got a very similar outcome. It would be wrong for three men to [be discharged without conviction] and a young man to be ostracised just because he is the King's son."
Ms Sykes said Paki hadn't be let off the charge within Tainui.
"Korotangi has really had marae justice served up to him."
Defence for Paki, Paul Wicks QC, said in court yesterday that the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the crime, because it would render the teen - who will become a father in September - ineligible for the role of king.
However, police prosecutor F. Gul Qaisrani, opposed a discharge without conviction, saying it would send the wrong message to society.
"Given the media attention this matter has already received and given the status of Mr Paki, it would send a wrong picture that because of your status you can get a favourable attitude from the justice system," he argued.
In sentencing, Judge Cunningham said she was "driven to the conclusion" that Paki would lose out on being a successor if convicted.
"There's only two sons and in my view it's important that the king at the appropriate time has the widest possible choice of a successor and it's important for Mr Paki, as one of those two sons, to have the potential to be a successor in time."
While his drink driving was moderately serious, she said, the direct and indirect consequences of a conviction were "out of all proportion" to the offence.
However, she said she was concerned that alcohol had been a factor in both incidents, and made the ruling conditional on receiving a report from a medical professional clearing Paki of any alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse issues.
He was also disqualified from holding a drivers licence for eight months.
She ordered a discharge without conviction for the burglary and theft charges, in keeping with Paki's co-accused.