Section 237

I’m not sure it was wise admitting you were party to a meeting where your “friend” demanded “any benefit, pecuniary advantage, privilege, property, service, or valuable consideration” in return for handing over personal data of ACC claimants.

Section 237 of the Crimes Act is very interesting:

Blackmail

(1) Every one commits blackmail who threatens, expressly or by implication, to make any accusation against any person (whether living or dead), to disclose something about any person (whether living or dead), or to cause serious damage to property or endanger the safety of any person with intent—

  • (a) to cause the person to whom the threat is made to act in accordance with the will of the person making the threat; and
  • (b) to obtain any benefit or to cause loss to any other person.

(2) Every one who acts in the manner described in subsection (1) is guilty of blackmail, even though that person believes that he or she is entitled to the benefit or to cause the loss, unless the making of the threat is, in the circumstances, a reasonable and proper means for effecting his or her purpose.

(3) In this section and in section 239benefit means any benefit, pecuniary advantage, privilege, property, service, or valuable consideration.

Section 238 outlines the penalties:

Punishment of blackmail

  • Every one who commits blackmail is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

 


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  • Deep blue

    All we need now is for that great PR mistress (Boag) to weave in that she’s started up another new PR company with Cedric Allen and some bloke that used to work for Auckland Airport – called Boag Allan Pirie. 

    Clearly this is just some cunning stunt designed to give a boost to their new company as spin doctors. God it would make Murray McCully blush in shame that his long time mate Boag is maximising this attention for all its worth – even it gives Labour, Greens and Winston enough ammunition for weeks of questions heated in the House.  

    Winston will no doubt be lodging OIAs to all ministers seeking any correspondence, or phone records coming in from Michelle Boag over the last year. Lobbying for Pullar perhaps?

    •  Oh dear – what an appropriate term to use (Mistress) Michelle sounds like a bondage moniker…..

    • jay cee

      i’m starting to appreciate the schadenfreude you guys enjoy whenever the left is perceived to be turning on itself. keep it up!

      • Travdog

        Not at all. It happens so often the novelty has worn off.

  • I think mainstream media is getting pretty annoyed with being continually scooped by the blogging community. The story regarding ACC blackmail as reported by the Herald begrudgingly mentioned Cam Slater, but then your name was removed in the edited version, and who can blame them?
    The great unwashed gaggles of NZ Journalistic talent have been fairly lean on reporting anything newsworthy, and this has resulted in a curious change. In the past, news agencies have reported and bloggers commented… now the bloggers (largely unpaid BTW) report – and the news agencies comment about the blogs.

  • Rumour has it (at least it might now) that Duncan Garners “scoop” last week, uncovering John Keys 2008 speech to the PSA, was  accidental. It was actually discovered in the vault of the TV3 video archives while Duncan was in-fact searching for the mythical whereabouts of Bill Ralstons long lost collection of 80’s p0rn.

  • MrV

    Speaking of duncan garner wasn’t he going to be posting a scoop on his blog?

  • Petal

    I note the MSM are still pitching this by following Boag’s playbook. 

    Will they turn on her?  

  • rouppe

    unless the making of the threat is, in the circumstances, a reasonable and proper means for effecting his or her purpose

    That’s a pretty vague get out of jail card….

  • Peter Wilson

    Except that Boag’s line is that a staff member suggested the payoff via a benefit. Oops.

  • Peter Wilson

     or to cause serious damage to property or endanger the safety of any person with intent— 

    ACC’s line was that no or little would have been done by the release of the material, and alternatively, ACC is not a person.

  • Stanace

    I understand that this is about the ACC, but surely could just as easily apply to some of the demands of the Maritime Union.

  • Anonymouscoward

    So the big bad ACC wolf got rolled by a couple of clucking chooks.

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