Arthur Taylor wasting more time, energy and money


Vexatious litigant and convicted violent offender Arthur Taylor is making a pest of himself in the courts yet again.

He’s spent 38 years behind bars and his convictions include a variety of crimes, including conspiring to deal in methamphetamine from prison, possession of morphine for supply, receiving, kidnapping, escaping from custody, possession for supply of cannabis and cannabis oil, and six firearms offences.

He has cost the taxpayer literally millions of dollars for his incarceration and also for his ongoing vexatious claims.

The Department of Corrections has been called out for breaking protocol by jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor. But it says it has since made changes to ensure prisoners receive their minimum entitlements.

Taylor filed multiple complaints to the Ombudsman, Professor Ron Paterson, claiming the prisoners in Auckland Prison’s East Division were not given the opportunity to spend one hour exercising in the open air, weather permitting, which they are entitled to under law.

Citing previous incidents and Supreme Court rulings, Taylor claimed it hadn’t deterred the prison from “continuing to deny prisoners from their one hour minimum entitlement”, and that “there needs to be accountability” for the practice continued for “such a long period” of time.  

Taylor claims there was no “emergency or acceptable reason” for the extended amount of time the prisoners were being kept under lock.

Auckland prison director Tom Sherlock says Corrections acknowledges the Ombudsman’s findings regarding the complaint.

“We have since put a system in place to ensure prisoners receive their minimum entitlements,” he says. “The complaint made by Mr Taylor affected a small number of prisoners for a short period of time.”

In one specific incident the prisoners were kept in their cells while guards underwent training. Taylor said regardless: “Prisoners cannot lawfully be deprived of their statutory minimum of one hour’s exercise and in the open air if weather permits.”

Corrections hit back, saying most prisoners have unlock time well in excess of their minimum entitlements.

“Our staff put a great deal of effort into ensuring that all prisoners receive their minimum entitlements,” says Mr Sherlock.

As is usual it is Newshub pimping his story, they seem to have a real love affair with criminals.

The problem with this story is Taylor’s claim of having an entitlement…he does not. He’s a guest of Her Majesty.

If he has concerns about his weight then I have two solutions for him, thin gruel and hard labour.

He’s probably never done an hours exercise in his life…in total. He’s a waste of space.


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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.