Another Judge who didn't get the memo

The victim of a Hawke’s Bay law student granted name suppression says others should know about the woman’s crime.

The student, 25, pleaded guilty to 37 charges of obtaining by deception in Hastings District Court yesterday. She was discharged without conviction and her identity suppressed.

She had been working for a Hastings company from April to November last year when she began putting company goods for sale on Trade Me, selling goods worth about $8000.

“We did not want her fined, or tarred and feathered,” the company owner said. “We just thought people, especially prospective employers, should know about her record. This is not fair.”

The order for name suppression annoyed her most. “Now she’ll go and work for someone else and they’ll have no idea. I thought justice was open.”

Think again. The justice system is not open, it is a cosy club of vested interests, including lawyers, judges and politicians.

This is the second case in two days where name suppression should NOT have applied. Both within hours of FIGJAM’s release of proposed changes.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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