May 2015

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Jury selection based on your social media profile

I suspect Giovanni Tiso will become quite popular as a juror, whereas I will never be picked again.

A new company offering to vet the Facebook and Twitter profiles of potential jurors could deter people from turning up in court, a law expert warns.

The company, Jury Selection Services, profiles jurors and gives defence lawyers access to their digital footprints. As well as social media, that can include all publicly available information such as financial status, personal relationships, debt and religious or charity affiliations.

It is the first service of its kind in New Zealand, but University of Auckland law professor Dr Bill Hodge said it was “reasonably common” in the United States where the jury selection process was an intensive part of the defence strategy.

Currently, Crown prosecutors and defence lawyers are given a list of up to 150 potential jurors about five days before a trial.

When jurors are balloted, prosecution and defence have only four opportunities and about 30 seconds to judge whether to challenge a juror.

Before a trial, prosecutors are able to call on police to conduct background checks on criminal convictions and other possible red flags.

Since defence counsel did not have access to those resources, Hodge said the new service “levels out the playing field”.

But he warned there were dangers. “If you know that your details are out there for people, it may or may not unconsciously have an effect on the way a juror goes about their deliberations,” he said. “It’s hard enough to get people to do jury service.


– Amy Maas, NZ Herald

James Shaw continues to see Greens in economic stewardship role

The inexperience is strong in this one

Before Russel Norman stepped down as co-leader he famously said he’d want to be Finance Minister if working with Labour in government.

His replacement James Shaw said he would also want to use his economics knowledge, but isn’t giving Labour an ultimatum.

“My job now is to lead the Greens, to grow the number of MPs, to expand the membership, to get us into a position where we can exert real influence on the next government, to be part of the next government, and then I’ll play whatever role it makes sense for me to play.”

Otago University political analyst Bryce Edwards said there is no doubt James Shaw is on the right of the party.

He says the party has already been moving more towards the centre in recent years, and Mr Shaw is a continuation of that.

“Maybe in the future the Green Party under James Shaw will probably be a bit less tied to Labour, and therefore a bit more independent.”

“The main response among the public will be ‘James who?’ They haven’t really heard about him and he seems to have come from nowhere to be on the national stage as a political party leader.”

“It’s not through luck, it’s not through chance. James Shaw has a lot of talent and he also relates to the mood of where the party wants to go.”

Here’s a reality check for Shaw

  1. Green voters aren’t looking for economic leadership
  2. Labour will never share the finance or other economic portfolios
  3. That’s if Labour let them into the tent in the first place

The first 48 hours after the co-penis is made the Chosen One during a long weekend is ideal to get key messages out.  Journalists will print anything normally, doubly so on a long weekend.  (PR companies know this – you should see the flood of press released on a Friday before a long weekend).

So Shaw chooses to blow his first chance to make a good impression.

Squarely back in the loony corner:  “Labour and the Greens are in great shape”, “I want to have an ecomomic role in the next government”,  “Norman and Turei did a great job!”.

Goodnight nurse.


– Frances Cook, Newstalk ZB

The “Decade of Whaleoil” series: Kris Fa’afoi

Decade of Whaleoil

Decade of Whaleoil

June 10 2015 marks the day Whaleoil has been publishing for ten years.   I can’t account for the earlier weeks and months, but there haven’t been any days without content for close to a decade, that’s for sure.  I thought it might be fun to go back through the videos and relive some interesting moments in politics.

In 2010, Kris Fa’afoi kept skiting on about his achievements.   But few (if any) were true.
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