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  • Anthony David Banbrook denied Supreme Court appeal

    Anthony David Banbrook denied Supreme Court appeal

    A director of a failed finance company has had his application for leave to appeal dismissed from the country's highest court. Former National Finance director Anthony David Banbrook had applied for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court following a dismissal from the Court of Appeal. Banbrook had applied to appeal his conviction of making an untrue statement in a prospectus. The senior litigation lawyer was sentenced to eight and a half months' home detention and was ordered to pay $75,000 re...
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  • lawyer appears before disciplinary tribunal

    lawyer appears before disciplinary tribunal


    A high-profile Auckland lawyer has appeared before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal in Auckland today facing numerous charges of inaccurate legal aid invoicing. Charl Hirschfeld is facing more than 10 charges brought by the Wellington Standards Committee. Mr Hirschfeld has numerously featured in the top five of the "legal aid rich list" and earned $2.8 million in the 18 months to December 31, 2007, according to figures released under the Official Information Act....
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  • Urgent action needed to protect NZ's integrity

    Urgent action needed to protect NZ's integrity

    Muddied political party funding, the dominance of Cabinet and a weakening public service have been criticised in a major new report by Transparency International. The Government's failure to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption was also slammed in the Integrity 2013 report released this week. The report said serious and urgent action is needed to protect and extend integrity in New Zealand. It calls for Parliament's administration to be subject to the Official Information Act, and fo...
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  • John Banks not seeking re-election

    John Banks not seeking re-election

    Embattled Act leader John Banks will not stand in next year's general election following a decision yesterday ordering him to stand trial for electoral fraud. Act Party president John Boscawen announced today via the Act Party website that Mr Banks had decided, after 36 years of public service, to spend more time with his family and his private business interests. He will not be seeking re-election in next year's Genreal Election. "In the meantime, John will continue as the MP for Epsom and lea...
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  • Mayoral candidate jailed for 24yrs

    Mayoral candidate jailed for 24yrs


    Northland farmer, anti-Treaty of Waitangi campaigner and Far North mayoral candidate Allan Titford has been jailed for 24 years on sex and violence charges.

    Found guilty on 39 charges but protected by name suppression until last week, he was sentenced in High Court in Whangarei.

    Charges included assault on a woman and children, sexual violation, arson, using a document with intention to defraud, threatening to kill, assault with a weapon, perjury, attempting to pervert...
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  • Legal action against EQC considered

    Legal action against EQC considered

    Around two hundred people turned up to the Cardboard Cathedral this evening with a view to joining legal proceedings against EQC. Law firm Anthony Harper called the meeting following a strong response to their recent call for interested homeowners to unite to take on EQC. Lawyer Simon Munro says that, while there is strong interest at this stage, there is not yet any guarantee that the proceeding will go ahead. "That was the purpose of the meeting - to provide homeowners interested in coming togethe...
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  • 'Rot in hell' - David Ross told

    'Rot in hell' - David Ross told

    Investors who lost money in the country's biggest ever Ponzi scheme have made emotional statements at court this morning, telling the man at the centre of a $380 million fraud to "rot in hell". David Robert Gilmour Ross, 63, pleaded guilty in August to all charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in relation to what is thought to be the country's biggest ever Ponzi scheme. An investigation into Ross Asset Management last year uncovered the schem...
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  • Roast Busters: Cops could've done more

    Roast Busters: Cops could've done more

    The country's top cop has conceded police could have gone public about the Roast Busters scandal earlier. News of the group - whose members bragged online about having sex with drunk and underage girls - was made public in media reports last Sunday. But it emerged during the week that police had received a complaint from a 13-year-old girl as far back as 2011. Speaking on TVNZ's Q+A programme today, Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said police could have done more in hindsight. "We could have gone ...
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  • Sir Douglas Graham to keep knighthood

    Sir Douglas Graham to keep knighthood

    The Prime Minister has decided that Sir Douglas Graham will keep his knighthood despite his recent criminal conviction. Sir Douglas was one of four Lombard Finance directors convicted of making false statements in a company prospectus. All four appealed their convictions, but were rejected by the Supreme Court last week. John Key has today announced that after a lot of thought on the matter, he has decided Sir Douglas will keep the Sir in front of his name. "I took into account the on-going f...
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  • Bush lawyer brings Banks to book

    Bush lawyer brings Banks to book


    Dismiss Graham McCready as an old fool at your peril. The pensioner, jobbing accountant, bush lawyer, angina sufferer and convicted blackmailer may look slightly disheveled and fumble the odd detail in court but he has fired a harpoon into the side of one of the most colourful, controversial and enduring politicians.

    John Banks, a past Police Minister, faces a charge that carries a potential jail sentence of up to two years - and with it a possible fullstop to his career
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  • Judge Goddard refuses to answer MPs' questions
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    The former New Zealand judge who headed a UK inquiry into child sexual abuse has said she will not appear before British MPs to answer questions about her time in charge. Dame Lowell Goddard said for her to be summoned would compromise the inquiry's "independence and integrity". She also hit out at "malicious, defamatory attacks" by the British media and said she was disappointed the government had not defended her. British MPs have asked the former head of the child sex abuse inquiry to expl...
    11-11-2016, 11:47 AM
  • Judge Lowell Goddard's epic fail
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    Dame Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned last week as chair of the 100 million (N$183.5m) Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), did not leave her post voluntarily but was effectively fired. Dame Lowell, appointed by then-Home Secretary Theresa May just over a year ago, had already lost the confidence of senior staff and members of the inquiry panel, according to two well-placed legal sources. The Home Office has denied she was sacked, according to reports. After she ...
    09-08-2016, 10:07 AM
  • Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer claims agreement had no impact on Trust
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    Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer Colin Carruthers QC says the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) theory against his client is wrong, with a key agreement placing no financial cost on the Wellington Tenths Trust. The former leading Treaty of Waitangi negotiator and academic is on trial in the High Court at Wellington, accused of obtaining funds by deception, or alternatively of obtaining a secret commission.The charges relate to allegations that Love showed favour to Auckland property developer Redwood, and ...
    05-08-2016, 01:44 PM
  • Transport boss pleads guilty to corruption charges
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    The Serious Fraud Office says the guilty plea yesterday by an Auckland Council manager to corruption charges shows the dangers in not questioning a culture of gratuities. Barrie Kenneth James George, 69, this morning at the High Court at Auckland pleaded guilty to two charges of accepting bribes as a public official when he took gifts worth $103,580 between 2005 and 2012. The gifts included cash, and lavish overseas holidays for George and his family. SFO Director, Julie Read welcomed the guilty plea...
    04-08-2016, 09:40 AM
  • Identities of corrupt JP's stay secret
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    The identities of Justices of the Peace disciplined for incompetence, making false allegations or misusing their title for personal gain are being kept secret by the Ministry of Justice.In the case of the above JP Denis Selwyn Callesen of Keri Keri, the Crown Law Office even halted a private prosecution against Mr Callessen after evidence emerged that Mr Callessen and his former secretary Robin Morris had perverted the course of justice.

    The Ministry believes the privacy of...
    23-07-2016, 11:35 AM
  • Government funded escape artist Philip Smith found guilty
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    The murderer who embarrassed New Zealand law and border authorities by flying to Brazil while on temporary release from prison has been convicted for the audacious escape. Charges of escaping lawful custody and making a false statement to renew a passport have been added to Phillip John Smith's lengthy criminal record, along with murder, child sex abuse, kidnapping, tax fraud and arson. In an unusual legal procedure, a jury was chosen at the Auckland District Court today and the judge immedia...
    22-07-2016, 01:05 PM
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