Entertaining fools

Phillip John Smith’s lawyer is a dickhead.

He is claiming that his absconding client was kidnapped from Brazil and worse his presumption of innocence was destroyed.

Murderer Phillip John Smith’s lawyer argues his client’s presumption of innocence had been breached by PM John Key, among others.

The revelation came after Smith had a court decision in his case un-suppressed.

Smith, who fled New Zealand for Brazil while on life-parole, twice applied to have his case heard in the High Court rather than the District Court.

The applications were declined and the judges’ reasons suppressed but Smith’s lawyer Tony Ellis applied on Wednesday to have those suppressions lifted.  

Justice Graham Lang agreed and lifted the ban on publication, which means the grounds of Smith’s application can now be reported.

Ellis said outside court that he had argued that Smith’s presumption of innocence had been breached by Prime Minister John Key, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne, the Parole Board and Judge Cameron, the judge who sentenced a man who helped Smith get a passport.

He also argued that Smith had been “kidnapped” from Brazil because Brazil could not extradite someone if they faced more than 30 years in prison (as a murderer, Smith faces life) and deportation could not be used to extradite him.

Presumption of innocence? He escaped from jail and fled to another country…it is a bit hard to presume him innocent of the fact when he actually was in a foreign country when he should have been in a prison cell.

As for being “kidnapped”…best the loser try that argument in Brazil…I imagine it won’t take long for their judge to tell him to stop being a dickhead.

Fool lawyers working for ratbags are just junking up the system.

But maybe it is all a ploy for Tony Ellis to become a dud judge with his woolly crim friendly ideas.

 

– Fairfax


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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