Kim Dotcom

Did Tamati Coffey over spend last election and should he be prosecuted for a corrupt practice?

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They say money doesn’t win elections and in some ways they are right. Kim Dotcom tried. Colin Craig tried. There needs to be more to a candidate than a lot of money.

With that said, there are reasons why we control election spending and set limits. Politics should be about the strength of the candidate, not the depth of their pockets.

Looking through the candidate expenses for the 2014 General Election, one case stood out. Firstly because it looks odd. Secondly because Labour Party candidates are not used to overspending (unless it is tax payer’s money of course).

In the election period Labour Party candidate for Rotorua, former TV weatherman Tamati Coffey – Labour’s parachute candidate in Rotorua – spent $31,182.36 all up. Once attribution percentages are taken into account he got the final number down to $25,001.77. The cap for the 2014 General Election was $25,700. Sounds fair? Well it doesn’t leave much wriggle room.     Read more »

Finally, some good news for Kim Dotcom: prisoners may be able to vote

This has to be the best news yet for the Internet Party.

They were not looking for the missing million, but they will be grateful that the criminal constituency has a voice again.  If only to campaign for better mattresses.

A law banning prisoners from voting has been found inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

A High Court judge has found the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act, passed into law in 2010, puts unjustified limits on prisoners’ rights by putting a blanket ban on voting.

Before the law was enacted, only prisoners serving sentences of more than three years were prohibited from voting.

The Attorney-General warned parliament the change contravened the Bill of Rights before it was passed.   Read more »

Meh, you can buy an expert to agree with you in the US

The Otago Daily Time reports breathlessly:

A group of prominent US legal experts has supported internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and Megaupload’s appeal against a decision to seize millions of dollars in assets, labelling the move a “dangerous” violation of due process rights.

The United States Government earlier this year won a civil forfeiture case against Megaupload and its founder, Mr Dotcom, who they argued was a fugitive.

As a result, the online mogul has lost an estimated $67 million worth of assets to the US including millions in cash, property, luxury cars, jet skis, large screen televisions and art.

Mr Dotcom has appealed against the decision, claiming a violation of basic rights and due process.   Read more »

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson can see no evil, hear no evil, but happy to cover for evil

The Attorney-General says there was nothing wrong with Crown Law’s conduct throughout the court case against former ACT leader John Banks.

Mr Banks was acquitted in May of charges relating to falsely declaring donations from Kim Dotcom over his failed Auckland mayoralty bid in 2010 and the Court of Appeal ruling he shouldn’t be retried.

Following the ruling, he called for Solicitor-General Mike Heron QC to stand down so an inquiry could be held into the case, which he called a three-year “jihad”.

Chris Finlayson, the minister responsible for the Crown Law Office, said he’d take a “careful look” at Crown Law’s management of the case.

Initially, the private prosecution was taken by Graham McCready, and the decision to go to trial was an independent judicial one, Mr Finlayson says.

“Apart from limited involvement at various stages of the case, Crown Law briefed an independent barrister to conduct the prosecution. It did so for a number of reasons, including the involvement of Mr Dotcom as a witness and the politically controversial nature of the case. Read more »

“Fugitive” Dotcom wants money back from “corrupt” US

Claiming the assets were obtained through copyright and money laundering crimes, last July the U.S. government launched a separate civil action in which it asked the court to forfeit the bank accounts, cars and other seized possessions of the Megaupload defendants.

Megaupload’s defense heavily protested the request but was found to have no standing, as Dotcom and his colleagues were branded “fugitives”.

Earlier this year District Court Judge Liam O’Grady ordered a default judgment in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result the contested assets, which are worth an estimated $67 million, now belong to the United States.

Today Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants appealed this decision at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In their opening brief (pdf) Megaupload’s lawyers argue that the court denied the defendants’ basic rights and violated due process.

The Devil makes work for idle hands, and Dotcom’s currently got very little to do.  This allows him to concentrate on ludicrous defence tactics, like complaining he’s not a fugitive. Read more »

Dimpost on the Colin Craig melt-down

Danyl McLauchlan sometimes has very good posts, it is why I still read him.

His comments on the cult party of Colin Craig are good.

Back before the election I was a bit worried that the Conservatives and Internet/Mana were harbingers of a worrying new trend in politics – the overt interference of the super-rich in our democracy, as they realised that buying influence through donations and lobbying were less effective than just establishing their own parties.

It hasn’t played out like that. Both parties are now effectively dead for similar (underlying) reasons. The founders of both parties were also the primary funders and that meant they they got to do pretty much whatever they wanted – just like they did with their private businesses – because they were paying for everything.   Read more »

Stop shitting in the water and half of this bludger’s problems are solved

A bludger, for that is what he is, is still trying to use the NZ court system to evade extradition.

Perhaps Kim Dotcom is his legal advisor.

A Kiribati man seeking to become the world’s first climate change refugee plans to file an appeal to New Zealand’s Supreme Court, his lawyer says.

Ioane Teitiota would argue that his family’s health is at risk if they return to low-lying Kiribati, which suffers from rising sea levels and water supplies that are contaminated by salt and sewage.

Teitiota overstayed his New Zealand visa and is fighting to stay in the country with his wife Erika and three New Zealand-born children.   Read more »

10 Years today – A Decade of Dirt to celebrate

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Ten Years ago today I started Whale Oil Beef Hooked…I still remember the day and the first post…it was a photo of my desk, my computer, my keys, a Mont blanc pen, a pocket knife, the home phone and a Motorola phone.

The text of that first post read:

My Father in Law starts almost every sentence with this line….I think for this blog it is somewhat appropriate…

I am going to post mine and other like minded individuals views here, particularly views related to Auckland, Politics and New Zealand in general.

And speaking of which…

You know what pisses me off…when you arrive in Christchurch get in the cab and the cab driver asks you where you are from….You just know that when you reply Auckland you are going to cop it….and I sure did…every JAFA comment in the world that I have heard a hundred times came out. This guy was seriously lucky to get paid let alone leave the cab without a serious kicking.

But seriously, all you South Islanders, understand this. We the people of Auckland don’t care what you think about us, Auckland or anything. Seriously, we don’t care. We have more to do with our lives than live in hope that you get a real live Aucklander in the cab to so how jealous, petty and pathetic you all are. Get a life…no I mean a real one not a “sky is red and black” life.

Christchurch has a similar problem to Australia…lovely place to visit, shame about the inhabitants.

Ok, Ok, I had a nice long weekend in Christchurch, It was wonderful to look through closed doors and windows of shops closed on Saturday….quaint, very quaint.

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Face of the day

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom

Today’s face of the day Kim Dotcom has received an apology from the SIS. The apology is not because they did anything wrong legally with regards to his case. The apology is because the agents in e-mails back and forth discussing his case said mean things about him. I have gone through each and every ‘ mean ‘ thing reported to have been said and have ordered them under statements of fact and statements of opinion. Read more »

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No place to hide for hackers and Bitcoin transactions

The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $US200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

Ross Ulbricht, 31, faces up to life in prison after a federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty in February of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence “substantially above” the 20-year mandatory minimum that US District Judge Katherine Forrest must impose on Ulbricht, who admitted to creating Silk Road but denied wrongdoing.

Another “who? me?” defence we have grown to love from likeable morbidly obese rogues.   Read more »