Clare Curran has spent her lifetime meddling but this time she has been caught red-handed and ticked off by a judge for her actions.
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has been accused of attempting to interfere with judicial process over an Environment Court decision on the future of quarrying on Saddle Hill.
Saddle Views Estate Ltd director and quarry owner Calvin Fisher said a letter a local MP – later confirmed to be Ms Curran – sent to the court amounted to her attempting to “influence a judge prior to a hearing” and was “reprehensible”.
“I am shocked at the way people have tried to manipulate the process,” Mr Fisher said.
University of Otago parliamentary law specialist Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere said Ms Curran’s letter was unusual and not the most appropriate way for her to represent her constituents’ concerns.
Ms Curran defended the letter yesterday, saying she was merely acting as a local MP representing the concerns of her constituency. Read more »