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McCready – seedy or greedy?

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McCready – seedy or greedy?

Most Whale Oilers will find McCready’s court antics a blatant misuse of the judicial system, tiresome and without merit.

There is a basis for dealing with vexatious litigants in the Judicature Act 1908, one of the oldest pieces of legislation on our books.  The act is currently undergoing a long, overdue upgrade and has already had its Second Reading.  The new act makes dealing with vexatious and frivolous litigants a little less cumbersome while retaining our long standing rights as citizens to employ the legal system to redress wrongs.

The law on vexatious cases goes back to the 1870’s in Britain where a certain somewhat seedy, Lambeth solicitor Alexander Chaffers made the claim that Lady Twiss was not, as she maintained, the orphaned daughter of a Polish general, but rather, one Marie Gelas, a carpenter’s daughter and a former London whore.

It involved a lengthy libel case involving the wife of Sir Travers Twiss, the Queen’s own Advocate-General at the time. Chaffers had insisted Lady Twiss had frequented the notorious Argyll Rooms, where she met her future husband whom she wed in 1862. With this bit of information, Chaffers had been blackmailing the couple for several years and, apparently displeased with either the size or timeliness of the payments, he finally wrote the Lord Chamberlain to complain that such a woman should not have been presented to the Queen.   Read more »

Judge runs out of patience, McCready gets his beans on costs application

Graeme McCready, serial litigants, bankrupt and convicted blackmailer and tax fraudster has got his beans today after Wylie J ran out of patience with his grandstanding.

McCready was seeking $45,000 in costs and sent a demand to Wylie J for costs.

Wylie J. has lambasted the fool.

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Time to put a stop to the nonsense

Convicted blackmailer, tax cheat, fraudster and bankrupt Graham McCready may well have got the scalp of John banks but the nonsense of people like him using the judicial system to bully and threaten people must be brought to an end.

On June 9 McCready lost another case, in the Supreme Court, and has been ordered to pay costs of $2500 plus disbursements after he sought leave to appeal against a judgment of Stevens J dismissing his challenge to a decision by the Registrar of the Court of Appeal not to
dispense with security for costs. The security required of the applicant was $5,880. The appeal to the Court of Appeal is against an order of adjudication in bankruptcy made against the applicant based on non-payment of an order for costs made against him in earlier proceedings.

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Vexatious litigant and dud root loses in High Court

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A vexatious litigant and a dud root has lost in his attempt to get a refund from a hooker.

Lord knows why his name and details haven’t been published.

A man who tried to sue a prostitute for a refund has lost his case in the High Court.

The man, who’s known as Mr N, hired a private investigator to track the sex worker down after he felt he hadn’t had his money’s worth, when his session with the woman ended prematurely.

Today’s Sunday Star Times reports Mr N claimed compensation and damages, because the woman breached a contractual agreement.    Read more »

The Huddle

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Last night I was on Larry Williams show The Huddle, with Josie Pagani.

Our topics were:

The Legal high political slugfest.

The sex offenders register and whether or not it should be public

Finally we talked briefly about serial vexatious litigant Graeme McCready and his new chase against Murray McCully and Shane Jones.

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A complete waste of the court’s time

The Snowden v RNZ case is a classic example of how obsessed and fixated litigants can murk up cases endlessly in their attempts to mount a wonky jihad to “clear their name” or prove that they were right.

In the end, it was a rout. After a 12-year, multimillion-dollar battle that began with a disagreement over newsroom budgets, former Radio New Zealand journalist Lynne Snowdon conclusively lost her Employment Court case last week.

She’d claimed RNZ treated her badly and then dismissed her unfairly. She’d claimed senior executives committed financial fraud then conspired to cover it up.

Along the way she’d made sundry complaints to the police, the Serious Fraud Office, the High Court, the Ombudsman, the Audit Office, the Commerce Select Committee, the Court of Appeal. She had invited a judge to recuse (disqualify) herself because she was biased.

But on Tuesday, the music stopped. Judge Tony Ford, of the Employment Court in Wellington, delivered a devastating written judgment based on an epic hearing that started last September and finished in February.

The judgment crushed each of Snowdon’s three main claims. Her employment grievances weren’t justified. Her dismissal had been fair. There had been no fraud whatsoever. In some cases the “evidence” that was meant to have supported her claims was non-existent.

Before spelling out his conclusions, though, Ford counted up some dreadful numbers. In the leadup to a normal employment hearing, he wrote, there might be a maximum of two preliminary (or “interlocutory”) hearings to figure out some procedural issues. This case had involved 23.

It is almost unheard of for the rulings from those minor hearings to be appealed. Snowdon appealed six of them. The case involved thousands of pages of evidence and exhibits. The hearing was delayed for years, and when it finally happened it took 47 days. It concerned events that mainly occurred over a decade ago. Millions have been spent or are owed.  Read more »

Finally someone deals to a vexatious litigant

I think the law needs to be  strengthened regarding vexatious litigants. It is exceedingly outdated and very difficult to get someone declared as such.

Stephanie Flores at NBR is reporting that one such litigant has just got his beans.

The Supreme Court has denied “vexatious litigant” John Slavich a bid to appeal a review of his court costs for a pair of related appeals.

Mr Slavich sought a review of the registrar’s decision to charge security for costs of $5880 for High Court proceedings that concluded he was a vexatious litigant earlier this year.

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias and Justices Terence Arnold and William Young denied his request, then slapped him with another $2500 plus “any reasonable disbursements determined by the registrar.”

The former Waikato accountant was jailed for two years and three months in 2006 after he was found guilty by Justice Paul Heath of forgery in relation to property frauds. In the years that followed, he launched dozens of corruption complaints against judges as well as private prosecutions against representatives of the Crown.  Read more »

Banks shows more integrity than Brown

John Banks has resigned as a minister pending private litigation over the vexatious claims by a bankrupt, convicted blackmailer and tax cheat.

ACT Leader John Banks has resigned from his ministerial posts effective immediately in the wake of the Auckland District Court decision to send him to trial over his donations.

Mr Banks said he had told the Prime Minister’s office last week that he would offer his resignation if the matter was committed to trial.

“I have spoken to the Prime Minister this afternoon and he has accepted my resignation.

“I believe the decision in the Auckland District Court was wrong and I will be contesting the charge. However I do not want this to be a distraction from the Government’s programme.”

In doing so he has shown that he has buckets more integrity than Len Brown who is refusing to quit after using the Auckland Town Hall as his personal bordello.  Read more »

Convicted tax cheat, fraudster, bankrupt ratbag fails to front at court

Graham McCready failed to turn up to court today, blaming cancelled flights out of Wellington.

When are the courts going to stop entertaining these self represented ratbags who waste endless hours of court time?

John Banks will return to Auckland District Court tomorrow to face a private prosecution over a charge of filing a false election return.

The matter was adjourned today after the man taking the prosecution, Graham McCready, was stranded in Wellington airport after his flight was cancelled due to bad weather.  Read more »

Ratbag Graham McCready- Blackmailer, tax fraudster, and now bankrupt

Remember Graham McCready, the Wellington City Eastern Ward council candidate, who was convicted of blackmail charges earlier in the year, tax fraud charges some time ago, who was locked away in a mental asylum, and is a serial litigant to boot?

Well, things got worse for him yesterday morning, after he was declared bankrupt – for the second time.  Read more »