Former Labour minister still corrupt

Phillip Field is still corrupt, his appeal has been thrown out. Only a former Labour minister would argue that he shouldn’t be convicted of corruption because he only stole a little bit from his constituents:

The Supreme Court has dismissed disgraced former Labour MP Phillip Field’s appeal against his conviction for bribery and corruption.

Field was released from jail 10 days ago. He was two years into a six-year sentence after being found guilty in October 2009 of 11 charges of bribery and corruption and 15 of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Field was charged after then prime minister Helen Clark ordered an inquiry into allegations he had traded immigration favours for tiling, painting or plastering work on his properties in New Zealand and Samoa.

The Court of Appeal dismissed Field’s appeal against conviction and sentence so he took it to the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.

However, a panel of five judges has unanimously dismissed his appeal.

The judges said in their finding there must be a “de minimis defence” available for people such as MPs whereby gifts of token value – such as a rugby jersey – were acceptable.

However, the services Field had received were worth about $50,000, and that could not be considered de minimis.

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