Amy Adams

Pressure builds for National to review their Pora compensation

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It could not be any clearer. Mr Pora spent 21 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. He has lived more than half his adult life behind bars.

He has been separated from his daughter, subjected to the harshness of imprisonment, defined by the justice system as a murderer and twice convicted of slaying a woman in a home he had not set foot in. In New Zealand judicial history, Mr Pora’s case ranks among the worst miscarriages of justice. On that ground alone, those with the task of reaching a fair and just settlement need to temper their accounting with compassion.

Yet despite months of freedom, and a report by a retired High Court judge which found unequivocably that a different man was solely responsible for the heinous rape and murder of Susan Burdett, Mr Pora finds himself still fighting the state to show an element of decency. Read more »

Face of the day

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When a stranger sneaked up behind Amy Ross at an airport and held a knife to her throat, she felt no panic.

“I saw red,” she said – and she had him on the ground in seconds.

The Wellingtonian tilted her head back, clasped the arm that held the weapon and pulled it down as she whirled around.

She used the base of her hand to upper-cut her attacker’s nose so forcefully it broke. He fell to the ground of the airport in Nepal, and she escaped.

​The training was in her “muscle memory”, Ross said: “I reacted with anger rather than fear … I didn’t stop to think ‘my life is in danger, I’m going to die’.”

Ross had Korean martial arts training. When she was a youth worker, she converted her skills to teach self-defence to teenagers.

She encouraged others to train: “You don’t need to be strong to fight back. You need to be clever.”

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ACT’s Three Strikes for burglary – Amy says No

Amy Adams, as usual, missed the point.

Justice Minister Amy Adams is ruling out stricter sentences for repeat burglars, saying they do not deter reoffending.

The minister was asked in Parliament today why people who had committed three or more burglaries were not being locked up.

As part of a series on burglary in New Zealand, the Herald revealed this week that the national resolution rate is a record-low 9.3 per cent.

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Larry Williams on the Bain leak

Larry Williams has the best summary of the Bain leak. Where other media have lapped up the Bain camp lines, almost on cue, he stands as an outlier on the issue.

A confidential report on the David Bain compensation case apparently finds Bain not “innocent beyond reasonable doubt”.

Bain will not receive a dime then, unless the Government goes against the review findings.

The Government is now being accused of moving the goalposts to avoid paying Bain compensation. That they went shopping for the result they wanted and manipulated the process.

Really ?

There were no such accusations when the Government started the process and appointed Canadian judge Ian Binnie to review the case for compensation.

Justice Minister Judith Collins, a lawyer by the way, ordered a peer review because she wasn’t satisfied that Binnie’s report stacked up.

If you are a competent Justice Minister and you receive a report you think is “suspect” you have a duty to review it.

Collins did just that.

The review by retired Judge Robert Fisher QC found Binnie’s report flawed. To be precise, he found “several errors of law”.

Collins’ instincts and judgment was proven to be correct. Some of the top legal brains in the country came to the same conclusion – that Binnie’s report fell short.

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Clare Curran shows how not to hold ministers to account

Clare Curran thinks she is something special. The reality is she is something dreadful.

Look at the question above and wonder no more at her utter stupidity.

She went down to the house thinking she had a gotcha for the minister regarding the appointment of Bill Francis to Radio NZ’s board.   Read more »

Have the Aussies screwed John Key?

New Zealand has asked for an urgent “please explain” after evidence that Australia could have breached crucial assurances it made about sending detainees across the Tasman.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has come out strongly this morning after an Australian lawyer released evidence that apparently undermines assurances personally given to Prime Minister John Key by his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

“That form on the face of it certainly raises some concerns, and we have gone back to them and said they need to explain, because we expect them to stand by the assurances they have made to us, and to New Zealanders,” Ms Adams said.

And Labour leader Andrew Little says if the Australians have misled New Zealand, “that is a pretty nasty, conniving thing to go and do”.

It is probably a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, but on the face of it that isn’t a good look.   Read more »

Poor job by Amy Adams forces urgency on parliament

Amy Adams was told months ago about the problem of Kiwi ratbags being deported from Australia, yet sat on her hands doing nothing.

As a result parliament is now having to rush through urgent legislation to deal with Labour’s rapist and murderer mates.

The Government is rushing through an urgent law change to put protections in place before convicted Kiwi criminals arrive here from Australia later this week.

They’re arriving on a charter flight because the the Australian government says they are too dangerous to fly commercially.

Today, a last-minute law to protect New Zealanders was introduced, but 3 News can reveal the Government was warned of “high risk” to the public nine months ago.

“We’ve got Con Air arriving on Thursday and here we are ramming this legislation through so we can have some sort of protection for New Zealanders,” says Labour MP David Shearer.    Read more »

New law needed for “Kiwi” crims sent “home” from Australia

via Dialy Mail

via Dialy Mail

A new law to impose tougher, parole-like conditions on an influx of Kiwi criminals being deported from Australia is set to be unveiled.

The Government is planning the law change following fears that up to a thousand Kiwi offenders could be forcibly returned to New Zealand, after the Australian government tightened its policy on visa cancellations. …
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David Bain compensation report a long time coming

David Bain and Joe Karam

David Bain and Joe Karam

The New Zealand Government is still awaiting the conclusions of an independent report looking at whether David Bain should be compensated for wrongful conviction.

Mr Bain was imprisoned in 1995 after being convicted for the murder of his parents, two sisters and brother in Dunedin. He spent 13 years in prison before being found not guilty of murder in a retrial.

In March this year, the Hon. Ian Callinan AC QC, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, was hired to conduct a fresh inquiry into Mr Bain’s claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Justice Minister Amy Adams said at the time that she expected a report back “within six months”.

However, a spokesman for her office today told NZME News Service that Mr Callinan’s inquiry is “still ongoing” and “tracking along”. Read more »

Anyone have a problem with the DIA, Customs and Immigration knowing the names of all our prisoners? Yeah, thought not.

Labour will no doubt oppose this initiative, they are after all the crim-friendly party in parliament.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says she’ll take steps to ensure there’s no way serious offenders are able to travel the way Phillip John Smith did.

The convicted murderer and child molester was able to obtain a passport and fly to South America while on temporary release from prison.

An inquiry report released on Thursday found numerous failings in justice agency systems and recommended a raft of changes.

Ms Adams says she’s working on it.   Read more »