Watch out Tim, here come the subpoenas

Tim Murphy is gloating, thinking he is off the hook in the privacy case taken by Winston Peters against him, Lloyd Burr and six National party ratbags:

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has dropped his legal action against two journalists in pursuit of the person who passed on details of his overpayment of superannuation to others.

But he is stepping up his action against four National Party MPs and two former staffers.

In November, Peters applied for discovery of material relevant to the leak from them plus on Newsroom.co.nz editor Tim Murphy, Newshub political reporter Lloyd Burr and the chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development, Brendan Boyle.

Peters issued a statement this afternoon saying action against the journalists had been amicably resolved “having provided the information required by Mr Peters’ legal team.”

The discovery application was heavily criticised as an attempt to bully journalists to reveal their sources.

It is understood that while Newsroom and Newshub received the a leak about the overpayments, they were not aware of the source – so there is no suggestion that either organisation has revealed a source.

Murphy tweeted a short time ago that Peters “got nothing he asked for and walked away tail between legs.”

Just like when Tim Murphy claimed victory against me when I injuncted his organisation from further breaching my privacy, he has rather jumped the gun in claiming victory.

Tim Murphy was never a serious defendant other than for providing information and becoming a witness no doubt under subpoena. Tim is a recipient of private information from the person/s who breached Winstons privacy rights and has always said under oath that he didn’t have enough to publish. Winston Peters preempted the media, no doubt on legal advice to mitigate the undoubted damage to his reputation that would flow if inaccurate and distorted media stories had been published.

Murphy thinks he’s won, but he’s been suckered by Winston’s clever legal team. Winston has Murphy’s story on oath and no doubt in due course a subpoena will be forthcoming and he will be providing evidence for Winston.

I’m not sure Murphy has ever envisaged becoming a witness for the prosecution with Winston as the prosecutor, but that is now likely to happen… “hah”

Winston did a classic Israeli pre-emptive strike on the National party, and now Bill English and Paula Bennett are likely to finish their parliamentary careers explaining for a week on the stand precisely why they, as leaders, didn’t know what was going on in their own campaign team. He may find that the buck does indeed stop at the top.

 

-NZ Herald

 


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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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