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Clare Curran breaks the law, publishes details of sex crime diplomat [UPDATED]

Politicians are supposed to be law makers, but what happens when one becomes a law breaker?

Clare Curran has published a link to an off shore publication of the details of the ratbag diplomat.

This is in contravention of suppression orders, she should be prosecuted.

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Who is it?

It is the question everyone is asking…Who is the “prominent leader” with a son before the courts in the news currently?

The son of one of New Zealand’s most prominent leaders will today front up to court to face charges of burglary and theft – behaviour that has devastated his father.

In an exclusive interview with Fairfax ahead of the appearance in the Auckland District Court, the 18-year-old’s father was visibly disappointed as he spoke of hoping his son would get back on the right track.

His lawyer, Paul Wicks, said that he would this morning seek name suppression – a move Fairfax will fight to prevent given his father wants his son to publicly apologise as part of any punishment.

A court may only grant name suppression to a person charged with an offence when publication of the name is likely to cause that person “extreme hardship”.

The 18-year-old is charged with three other men of breaking into an East Coast property and taking some surfboards early this year.

Wicks indicated a guilty plea would be made to those charges today.

It’s not the first time the teenager has been in trouble with the law and that was why his father had taken the unusual move in requesting an interview in an attempt to publicly shame his son into changing his ways.

His son was also there to explain his actions.

“I just think of all of the things we are trying to achieve and what he just did was . . . it really hurt,” his father said.

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Marlborough Express on the Teachers Council

The Marlborough Express editorial about the woeful inadequacy of the former Teachers Council is particularly relevant, especially the bit about carping teacher unions.

Little wonder teachers are protective of the Teachers Council. It’s probably only polite since it has been so very protective of them.

Unhappily, this has been at the expense of accountability to parents and the public.

The new body is going to have strengthened abilities to exert disciplinary process on errant teachers; and it will have a much more independent look to it rather than the status quo of teachers sitting in judgment on themselves – which they’ve been doing in exquisite privacy.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says new legislation improves teacher registration, enhances reporting requirements and provides a greater range of options when dealing with disciplinary matters. That last bit is particularly important.

The PPTA believes the new body has too much policing power, such as naming teachers facing disciplinary inquiries, which raises the protest that it could jeopardise “natural justice”.

Let’s remind ourselves how well natural justice has been getting along under the Teachers Council.  Read more »

HoS editorial on Name Suppression for the “Politician”

The Herald on Sunday followed up its story about the “politician” from the leafy suburbs with an editorial about the same case.

The editorial drops some hints as to the identity. Please do not take that licence to guess in the comments…to do so will get you the ban hammer faster than Pete or Travis can swing it.

He is one of the wealthiest men in New Zealand. He supports MPs who changed the law to expressly state that a defendant’s public profile should not, of itself, be grounds for keeping his identity secret.

And, in an acrimonious, multi-million dollar marriage break-up, this man was alleged to have grabbed or touched his wife’s neck, and admitted trying to kick in the door of their home and shouting abuse at her.

But in the Family Court this week, Judge David Burns ordered that the man’s identity be indefinitely suppressed – that anyone who even whispers at his identity be liable to three months’ imprisonment or a $2,000 fine.

Why? It is because his Queen’s Counsel, Lady Deborah Chambers, used a clause in the Family Courts Act to have him categorised as a “vulnerable person”, as both he and his wife had unsuccessfully sought protection orders against each other at the height of the drawn-out, torrid break-up.  Read more »

A good start

I have 9 convictions for breaching name suppression. All of the people I have named have since been convicted, they are ratbags without fail.

As a result of my campaign the law was changed and there has been a dramatic effect in case involving name suppression. The Manawatu Standard editorial explains.

A noticeable lifting of the veil of secrecy shrouding the country’s courtrooms since the introduction of tighter name suppression guidelines is a positive step towards much-needed transparency in our justice system.

As reported in today’s Manawatu Standard, the latest figures reveal the number of interim name suppression orders has dropped dramatically. Earlier this year, we revealed that the number of permanent name suppression orders being issued had also fallen markedly.

It seems that stricter guidelines introduced last year appear to have brought some semblance of sanity to an aspect of the justice system that had become vague, frustrating and, in some cases, simply bizarre.

Before clear criteria for the imposition of a suppression order were handed down to judges, it seemed any old reason would do. In many cases, no apparent reason at all was needed. In others this newspaper is aware of, judges have granted name suppression for people who have already been named in the media.

Then, of course, there was the infamous case of the prominent Palmerston North man granted permanent name suppression after admitting possessing hundreds of thousands of child pornography images. The judge’s rationale for doing so was essentially that naming him would have been upsetting for him and his children, and his wife would likely get a hard time at work.  Read more »

Phil Goff warned, but escapes prosecution

Phil Goff has been warned by Police for breaching suppression orders but like all Labour MPs gets off being actually prosecuted.

The Police pursued me with vigour with breaching suppression orders but have decided that a senior MP, a law-maker, doesn’t warrant prosecution for his own breaches of the law…they say it isn’t in the public interest to prosecute.

You do have to wonder why we bother having laws when law makers become law breakers and the Police decide that it isn’t in the public interest to enforce the law.

It is high time that we had an Independent Commission Against Corruption…someone with courage who will actually bother to hold ratbag politicians who break the law to account without fear or favour.    Read more »

Honour the victim’s wishes, he doesn’t have name suppression anyway

Two victims of a pervert want him named and are going to court to seek to overturn the gutless coward’s name suppression..that he doesn’t have anyway.

Two Christchurch women who were sexually abused as children will next week go to court and fight to have their name suppression lifted.

The sisters believe their abuser is using suppression orders to protect himself.

Nearly two decades after he was convicted and four decades after the abuse the women – now grandmothers at 48 and 52 – are going back to court to try and have their own name suppression lifted in the hope it’ll help expose him.

They believe he’s using the suppression to protect himself and want to warn parents.

“I could basically be arrested if I was to speak my name out, that’s how dumb it is,” one of the women says.

Both were shocked when news broke he was taking the Sensible Sentencing Trust to court for naming and shaming him on its offender website.  Read more »

Dodgy Local Body Ratbag named

A dodgy ratbag standing for local council has been named today;

A candidate in the upcoming local body election accused of assault has lost name suppression and can now be revealed as former policeman Stuart McLachlan.

McLachlan is running for Napier City Council in the October elections.

He appeared in Hastings District Court today and argued for name suppression on the basis the publication of the name would cause undue hardship.

Hawke’s Bay Today Deputy Editor Mark Story was present in court to oppose the suppression after Judge Bridget Mackintosh would not accept his submissions last week.

McLachlan has been accused of assaulting a lotto shop worker in March of this year.  Read more »

I bet she is registered too

The Labour party and their union pals in the PPTa and NZEI all claim that Charter Schools are evil, in the main because there is not a requirement for all teachers to be registered.

Apparently that will result in bad people ending up before a classroom teaching unlike what happens now with registration where they get weeded out….oh wait.

An early childhood teacher accused of importing drugs from South Africa has been told not to turn up to work today.

The 37-year-old woman, who has name suppression, works at a Christchurch early learning centre caring for children aged 2-5. Read more »

Why fighting name suppression was important

In 2010 I was convicted on nine counts of breaching name suppression. The left wing uses those convictions as a stick to bash me with. They blog and write about the fact I am a convicted criminal.

Every person I named in my posts was a sex offender, or did despicably violent things against women. All were convicted, none were acquitted. One has gone on to further his career and continue his travel overseas that a proper conviction and naming would have prevented.

I reacted, I was even silly, some say stupid, perhaps it was even the medication and the depression that caused me to go right through with court process. What ever the reason as a result of my efforts the law was changed.

Big deal, my detractors will claim, my creepy stalker will likely quote some more of Judge Harvey’s judgment against me.

I don’t care, at least I did something, which more than those who declaim me have ever done.

And this is why.

Victims of sexual offending believe the public has a right to know who commits such crimes, with one saying naming those responsible is more important than any other punishment.

The Manawatu Standard has revealed a huge drop in courtroom secrecy since a peak in 2009-10.

That year 257 people facing criminal charges in the Palmerston North District and High Courts were granted final name suppression. Last year about 12 were.

There has been a big fall nationwide too after a law change in early 2012 tightened the circumstances in which someone can seek final suppression.

I am particularly pleased about that.