No authority?

Tamati Mason thinks the Crown has no authority to try him for crimes he is charged for:

The man accused of murdering Bellevue resident Sandra Brown believes the High Court does not have the authority to hear the case, although a trial date is set.

Tamati Mason appeared in the High Court in Rotorua on Thursday for a pre-trial application where he again protested the court’s authority.

At each court appearance, Mason has argued Maori never agreed to give sovereignty to the Crown, rendering New Zealand’s justice system powerless over him.

The 41-year-old is represented by the lawyer Annette Sykes – an advocate for controversial Tuhoe members such as Tame Iti.

The pair was instructed by the court on Thursday to define their argument before the case goes to trial on August 27.

A further hearing to determine if the trial is to proceed is scheduled for May.

Mason is accused of murdering Sandra Brown, and attempting to murder her daughter, Katie, in their home on February 2 last year.

So he believes that he shouldn’t be held accountable for murder. I’ll bet you dollars to knob of goat poo that he’s been living off state benefits since being born but suddenly doesn’t recognise the Crown when in court for murder. If you don’t recognise the Crown then you can hardly avail yourself of the benefits of the Crown, which more than likely also includes legal aid.

As for his lawyer, Annette Sykes, she doesn’t recognise the Crown but wanted to be an MP…how does that work?

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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