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Mary Anne Shanahan has been appointed to replace Diane Musgrave at the BSA. She is a lawyer, but is not being appointed chair (that’s still Jo Morris): she has been appointed to the “community rep” position. (One of the four members is appointed after consultation with broadcasters, and one after consultation with “public interest groups […]
For the edification of the masses, I’ve added a range of headings over on the left giving basic information on some of the most important areas of New Zealand media law. If you want more detail (particularly from a journalist’s point of view) you might try my book Media Minefield. If you want even more […]
I’ve mentioned an article I wrote with Claudia Geiringer about the Bill of Rights Act for Law, Liberty and Legislation - Essays in Honour of John Burrows QC. It’s called “Moving from Self-Justication to Demonstrable Justification - the Bill of Rights and the Broadcasting Standards Authority”. It has already been cited favourably in a couple […]
And you thought they were geeks. Bzzzzt. The Law Commission has launched an interactive website called “TalkLaw” for us to have our say on law reform issues. (I did a couple of holiday stints at the Law Commission in the early 90s, and they were throwing around a similar idea then - but it was […]
Calling evidence experts… Can anyone tell me why the Courts couldn’t have let the jury see half of the “paper run alibi” evidence? Why couldn’t jurors be told that David Bain was speculating about committing a crime, but it wasn’t murder, and it didn’t involve his family… and then let them hear and assess in […]
Was it legal? As I understand it, there’s still an application before the High Court for access to the deleted part of the tape from the Court file. It might be happening right now. But I’m not aware of any decision granting access yet.
TV3 told us that “the Supreme Court said the material could be […]
I’m told that if you listen to the Bain tape backward, you can distinctly hear him saying “Oh here’s to my sweet Satan”.
Also, if you speed up one passage, you’ll catch him saying: “Drink Coca Cola. Coke adds life”.
[If you’re interested in our aural suggestibility, check out this fascinating site. You can listen to the […]
I was prepared to be outraged this morning.
What the hell? I thought. The Supreme Court overruled the High Court and the Court of Appeal and prevented telephone confession evidence from David Bain going to the jury? What were they thinking?
I’ve now read the judgment (note the bizarre url on Stuff’s website’s link to the judgment: http://multimedia.stuff.co.nz/rugby/images/Bainjudgement.pdf)!
If you’re […]
I’m on RNZ’s Checkpoint and TV3 this evening talking about whether all those comments posted on social networking sites that say “Bain is guilty” (and colourful variations thereon) are defamatory. I’ve also been interviewed for an NZPA story.
The answer: of course it’s defamatory to call someone a murderer. Yes, he could sue any number of […]
Team David has set up a very professional looking website, including a Bain blog, to raise funds for him.
The site credits TV3, TVNZ and the NZ Herald for “their support in making this site possible.”
I suspect that their role was restricted to allowing the site to use some photos. I hope so, anyway. I doubt […]