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Fuck the police indeed

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

If the facts in this story are accurate, this seems a very questionable exercise of police powers: A number of people at the gig said [singer Tiki] Taane began singing “f*** the police” when they carried out a standard inspection of the club. When they approached him afterwards “things got out of hand”, a person […]

Corrections corrected

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Remember the prisoner who sued the Department of Corrections for confiscating and destroying his Cosmopolitan magazine? (Two hand-drawn pictures were also destroyed). He won. Turns out, it was an easy call. Under the Corrections Act, prisoner property can only be destroyed if the prisoner fails to comply with a requirement to remove it, and the […]

Toothless Bill of Rights?

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I think NZ Herald’s John Armstrong is on the money when he lambasts John Key for not fronting up and justifying the decision to hold hearings into the NZ SIS Amendment Bill in private, and for wondering whether there is any real justification. But his parting shot at the “privacy supposedly protected by New Zealand’s […]

Bill of Yeah Rights

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Since the Bill of Rights was enacted, the government has, on average, ignored one section 7 report a year, according to the Minister of Justice. (A section 7 report is a legal¬†opinion given by the Attorney General to Parliament that the proposed legislation breaches fundamental rights in an unjustified way.) Simon Power was addressing a […]

Burning questions

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

For those interested in the Morse flag-burning case that I argued with Tony Shaw and Felix Geiringer in the Supreme Court earlier this month, Greg King interviewed me about it on The Court Report. (It’s part 3 of the show).

A whale of a decision

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

70 pages! It took Judge David Harvey that long to establish that Whale Oil (a) had a case to answer for breaching a range of name suppression orders and (b) was guilty. It’s probably the most comprehensive judicial ruling on of name suppression issues New Zealand has seen; and it may be the first concerning […]

Killing the messenger

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

There’s much to ponder in James Hollings’ thoughtful opinion piece on suicide reporting in this week’s Sunday Star-Times. Why are NZ’s suicide statistics so high, though our reporting restrictions are so tight? How convincing is the social science research suggesting media reports can lead to copycat suicides? Is important reporting being headed off by the […]

The case against the case against Robin Bain

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

So, now that TVNZ has broadcast its special edition of Bryan Bruce’s The Investigator: The case against Robin Bain, compellingly arguing that Robin Bain couldn’t have committed the Bain family murders, can David Bain and his team do anything about it? They argue that it’s “unadulterated rubbish”, contains “mischievous misrepresentations of facts”, “perpetuates a fraud”, […]

Siemer’s right-to-jury case

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Predictably, Vince Siemer is not happy about the Supreme Court’s 17 May decision to cut his contempt sentence to 3 months instead of 6. (In fact, he has applied to have it recalled. Good luck with that, Vince). For someone who regards the NZ judiciary as largely corrupt, he’s a glutton for punishment: he goes […]

Morse wins right to appeal flag-burning conviction

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Yay! Tony Shaw, Felix Geiringer and I have been granted leave by Supreme Court to argue that Valerie Morse should not have been convicted of offensive behaviour for burning a flag at an Anzac Day ceremony. Along the way, hopefully we’ll be able to sort out how the Bill of Rights applies to open-textured criminal […]

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