More vexatious litigation from prison ratbags

Arthur Taylor should be declared a vexatious litigant. This life long ratbag is sitting in prison cooking up more legal messes.

This time he is challenging parliament’s right to remove the vote from ratbags like him.

Veteran criminal and prison bush lawyer Arthur Taylor has teamed up with three female inmates to take the government to court over prisoners’ rights to vote.

Papers were filed with the High Court in Auckland yesterday taking action against the Attorney General and Department of Corrections seeking a declaration that the blanket ban on prisoners voting contradicts basic human rights.

The legal action comes on the back of Taylor’s success in having a prison smoking ban ruled unlawful – for the second time – by the courts. 

Taylor, who has more than 150 convictions and has become something of a bush lawyer while in jail, says he is again fighting for inmates’ fundamental freedoms.

“As part of our case, we will be showing the court that the blanket ban on prisoner-voting cannot be justified by any society that considers itself free and democratic,” Taylor said.

“It is of note that almost none of the countries that New Zealand likes to compare itself with have a blanket ban on prisoner-voting.”

New Zealand removed the rights of all prisoners to vote in 2010 following a private member’s bill. Previously, only those sentenced to more than three years in jail or preventive detention were disqualified.

I wonder when the prison authorities are going to take his cellphone off him. He seems to be able to communicate with anyone at will.

One thing is for sure though, Labour will jump on this bandwagon, they believe in prisoner rights well before the rights of victims or other citizens to live free from criminal ratbags like Arthur Taylor.

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