People want name suppression so they don’t appear on WOBH.
I bet he didn’t say he wanted name suppression so he didn’t appear in the NZ Herald.<
Or on radio.
Or on TV.
A man accused of possessing objectionable material has been given name suppression, after concerns were raised that he could be targeted by Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater .
The suppression argument, which was heard today and last Friday in the Palmerston North District Court, revolved around what Judge Stephanie Edwards described as a “protracted” case stretching back nearly three years.
The man had interim name suppression orders rolled over after each court appearance, but an order had not been properly made on the two charges he faces, the judge said.
The man has pleaded not guilty to those charges, and elected trial by jury.
During the argument, defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said he had seen the man at various states of distress during proceedings.
“I know full well what a catastrophic effect publication will have.”
Steedman said the man would likely be targeted by Slater if named, which would have an effect on both the man’s health and his fair trial rights.
The judge gave the man name suppression today, after deciding naming him before the case was resolved could unfairly influence jury members.
The jury members were unlikely to understand some of the steps which had taken place for the case to get to where it was now, she said.
The judge also said naming him before the case was resolved would cause extreme hardship to him and people he knew. Read more »
Some creepy little Indian half-man has had his arms gnawed on by a dog protecting its owner.
It seems it is a bit hard to concentrate on an indecent assault while a dog is chewing through your arm.
Police are looking for an Indian man with bite marks on his arm after a dog helped save his owner during an indecent assault.
The 20-year-old woman was attacked in the car park of the Countdown supermarket on Bridge St, Hamilton on Wednesday, detective sergeant Matt Cranshaw said.
She was walking to her car in the centre of the car park at approximately 8pm when the male offender grabbed her from behind as she opened the driver’s side door, he said.
“The dog was in the back on the car and growled…and then he grabbed the guy’s arm, and then she kicked him [the offender] in the groin.
“Whether to say the dog saved the day, who knows – but definitely the combined actions of the dog and the lady did the job.”
The dog let go of the man’s right arm, and the offender fled the scene. He was described as Indian in appearance, of short stature, aged in his mid 30s to early 40s.
International law defines only the crime of piracy, not the penalty, it could be argued therefore that you are allowed to execute pirates on the high seas…so Lord knows why the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys bothered apprehending them..now it has caused no end of grief.
The European Court of Human Rights says France violated the rights of Somali pirates who had attacked French ships and has ordered compensation for them over judicial delays.
The nine Somali pirates should get thousands of euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge, the court ruled.
One is to get 9,000 euros (£7,000) and the others sums of up to 7,000 euros.
What they should have got was a bullet. Read more »
You can’t turn on the radio, TV or read news stories without being bombarded with negatives about Cameron Slater. The very Cameron Slater who has come out, legally, squeaky clean out of Government Inquiries, and is facing not a single charge in court for breaking any laws. Nor is he charged, or under investigation by police.
It is no wonder that there is a full court press from Labour. Not only are they implicitly scared of him and his abilities, they also know that a black cloud is forming over them, and their associates. They failed to take him down the first time, and now, they are all out to do a job that they failed to do a few months ago.
What may be odd is that the media are now all after Cam Slater as well. They are assisting Labour in trying to paint Slater as some kind of evil to New Zealand. But what is it that he actually does?
He runs a blog.
Surely that can’t be it? Should someone with a web site, that nobody is forced to visit, be so feared and vilified?
The media have other motivations, the least of which is that they have been, and still are, working closely with Cam when it suits them, but at the same time, they are trying to make it look like he’s one of the most evil people in the country.
Why would that be? Read more »
Kim Dotcom is crying a river of tears because he is broke…though I note he hasn’t yet moved out of his rented mansion.
German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has acknowledged that he has run out of money after spending over $US10 million on legal costs.
Speaking through a Skype call at the unBound Digital conference in London, Dotcom said his three-year legal fight could be coming to an end. “My legal team resigned after I ran out of money,” Dotcom said. “I spent $US10 million to defend myself. They have drained all my resources.”
In times past this was referred to as a ‘forlorn hope’. Recklessly charging ahead despite overwhleming odds, hoping for a miracle.
He wouldn’t have such massive legal bills if he had only just hopped on a plan to the US and cleared his name. He has claimed innocence yet acts like a guilty crook.
Dotcom said the appearance could be his last public interview, because he suspected that the New Zealand government could use his lack of funds to revoke his bail Thursday during his next bail hearing.
“I’m an easy target because of my flamboyant lifestyle,” he said. “It’s hard to keep a low profile when you have number plates with ‘GOD’ and ‘STONED’ on them. Also, I’m German, and Hollywood loves German Bond villains.”
David “Tainted” Fisher has his knickers in a bunch over some apparently “wrong” statistics used to justify the toughening up of laws regarding gangs.
I might be missing something here but why is “Tainted” and his employer mounting a campaign on behalf of scum gang members?
Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem.
The briefing paper told ministers 4000 gang members alone were responsible for a huge number of drug and violence crimes, including murders.
The release of the document through the Official Information Act followed the earlier discovery the wrong information had been used in a press release to justify the policy.
Cabinet ministers were also given the wrong information.
The information, which appeared to have been provided by police to the minister’s office, went before Cabinet in June before the August announcement.
The new measures passed by Cabinet were targeted at gang members who were said to be responsible for huge levels of criminal activity. They also show the Government contemplating greater powers for police to tackle gang activity.
Sociologist and gang researcher Dr Jarrod Gilbert outed then Police Minister Anne Tolley over the inaccurate press release and said it was “absurd” the wrong information had also gone to Cabinet. “This was an error of epic proportions. The problem by comparison is almost insignificant.”
The inaccurate figures had suggested the 4000 gang members in New Zealand were personally responsible for about 1500 serious violence and drug charges. New figures show this year gang members were actually responsible for 26 of the 649 serious drug charges laid. They were also responsible for 61 of 868 violence charges.
Stephen Franks lambasts a judge over her wonky and dodgy 3 strikes ruling last week.
There has been surprisingly little attention paid to the Court’s decision last Friday not “to order that [a gang murderer] serve a life sentence without parole” despite the judge’s admission that she was “required [by the three strikes law] to order that [he] serve that life sentence without parole” unless it would be manifestly unjust.
She then converted that requirement to find manifest injustice into the standard pre-three strikes judicial quibbling about disproportionality. With breathtaking ease she slid past a previousmanslaughter to focus on the ‘relatively minor’ nature of the offences that triggered the three strikes law application, managing to take into account also the ’signs that you wish to be more pro-social as noted in the presentence report’ .
She completely turns on its head the law’s intent that offenders get greater certainty about the consequences of offending, noting that the murderer would not have known at the time of the earlier offences of the three strikes certainty.
Judicial naivete at its worst. It is only by applying the law, that offfenders believe that it will be applied. The most clear lesson from the experience where three strikes certainty was followed by dramatic reductions in offending, was that pitiless certainty finally sent the message to offenders that they could no longer gamble on meeting soft judges and gullible parole boards.
Sensible Sentencing is correct to highlight this judgment in their Judge the Judges website. But the judge concerned is orthodox. Judges generally resist punishment as a legitimate and sufficient purpose of sentencing. With Parliamentary sanction they have collectively warped criminal law from doing justice on behalf of victims and the innocent, into a primary role of therapy for the criminological needs of offenders. They do not respect the common sense intuitions of ordinary people. They resent the demand for retributive, incapacitating and deterrent punishment. To them only rehabilitative objectives are truly noble.
A good Labour source phoned me last night to tell me what Labour is spreading around Wellington about the hacks of my emails and the next big reveal.
I have been getting updates like this regularly, and they are invariably false.
This one however is particularly concerning.
They say that the latest leak will be emails that apparently involve me hiring a hitman and arranging a hit on someone, and that as a result the Police are about to arrest me.
This is a lie. A scurrilous smear, that only the Labour party could put about.
It is my understanding that the supposed victim of this is also spreading this around town.
There is a problem with this story. It is false. No emails exist nor chats. And the alleged assault and crimes were committed well after the hack occurred.
It is something I would never do. If I knew anything about this attack I would inform the Police myself.
In regards to that matter though, the Police have already arrested someone in connection with that crime and he has been charged. Read more »
It has come to this after six years of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style community-organizer governance: The hard Left no longer believes it necessary to pretend that the rule of law matters. It is politics as combat. The devolution can be measured from the trumped-up indictment of Tom DeLay to the trumped-up indictment of Rick Perry.
Back in 2005, the idea of exploiting prosecutorial power to criminalize one’s political opposition was still sufficiently noxious that Democrat apparatchiks in Austin understood the need for camouflage. Tom DeLay of Texas was among the GOP’s most effective leaders and fundraisers, having risen to congressional leadership not long after he helped Newt Gingrich lead the 1994 GOP takeover of the House. Democrats decided he had to be sidelined. They also knew they had the raw power to make it happen: a political operative ensconced as the chief prosecutor in a reliably Democratic county. In politics as combat, raw power is all you need — just cause has nothing to do with it.
But nine years ago, it was still unacceptable for the rub-out to look too much like a rub-out. It was not possible to charge DeLay with the non-crime of raising money for Republican candidates — his real offense as far as his adversaries were concerned. So he was indicted for a convoluted money-laundering scheme.
You may have noticed that the political left is using similar tactics here…legal challenges by Graham McCready exclusively against right wing politicians…and now dirty, illegal hacking against the voices that speak against their politics. Read more »