Never going to make it to court?

Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little both claimed that this would never make it to court…they may of course be right, they could simply apologise and pay Judith Collin’s costs for defaming her:

Lawyers for Collins, Mallard and Little discussed the case’s future before Justice Geoffrey Venning in the High Court at Auckland today.

John Tizard, acting for Little and Mallard, applied to the Court for a stay of proceedings until a Privacy Commission report into the leaked email is complete.

Justice Venning declined the application, but agreed to schedule the next court date for November – two months after the report is due to be completed.

The judge noted the report’s findings would not necessarily affect the defamation proceedings, unless the parties agree to settle the case.

A trial date has been set for February next year, and it was expected to take between three and five days if it goes ahead.

Mallard bizzarely claimed that this was a victory for him and Andrew Little…the judge turned down their application…and this is a victory. He has been remonstrating with me on Twitter clearly forgetting that explaining is losing.

Strangely, Mallard also believes that the Privacy Commissioner’s report is going to help his case…I can;t fathom why a report issued long after he defamed Judith Collins is somehow going to exonerate him and Andrew Little for their ill-conceived, factually wrong defamation of Judith Collins. Mallard forgets too that he used parliamentary privilege to not only defame Judith Collins but also myself and Simon Lusk. He came close to repeating the defamation on Twitter.

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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.