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  • Ex-govt lawyer told to bury bad news

    Ex-govt lawyer told to bury bad news




    A former high-ranking Customs lawyer says he resigned from his job after allegedly being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government.
    Curtis Gregorash said he was told by senior Customs executives to refuse Official Information Act and Privacy Act requests, which he believed was at the direction of former Customs Minister Maurice Williamson.

    It comes at a time the Prime Minister's office is under inquiry over the release of intelligence material
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  • Disgraced lawyer Gerald Mckay struck off

    Disgraced lawyer Gerald Mckay struck off




    A Hawkes bay lawyer and former president of the New Zealand Trustees Association Gerald George Mckay has been struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors after being found to have breached his duties to a client who later lost her home.

    The Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal yesterday ordered that Gerald George McKay, of Hawkes Bay, be struck off. McKay, 72, acted for several parties in a series of transactions in which there were strongly...
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  • Judge David Gendall grants McCullum injunction

    Judge David Gendall grants McCullum injunction



    New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum last night went to the High Court to stop the Sunday Star-Times publishing a story that could play out in Chris Cairns' perjury case in London.

    Behind-the-scenes machinations involving the New Zealand cricket captain could be entered as evidence in the case - but Justice David Gendall placed an ex parte interim injunction on the newspaper to stop it reporting the story.

    Cairns confirmed to the Sunday Star-Times...
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  • Complaint turns up heat on Collins

    Complaint turns up heat on Collins



    An ACC whistleblower has complained to the privacy commissioner alleging Cabinet minister Judith Collins leaked confidential but false details to WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater.
    Bronwyn Pullar filed her complaint after reading in Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics claims of Slater giving a friend - a former sex worker - false details about Pullar that the blogger said he got after speaking to Collins.

    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, whose office is overseen by Collins...
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  • Case of Kiwi jailed for 45 years taken to UN

    Case of Kiwi jailed for 45 years taken to UN



    The case of an intellectually disabled New Zealander detained for 45 of the past 46 years is being taken to the United Nations BY h
    uman rights lawyer Tony Ellis, who has taken on the 58-year-old's case, is arguing that, while his client needs to be detained, he has served his time in jail and should be an an intellectual disability unit.
    ''But the trouble is there's about 60 places nationwide and about 150 capable of filling [them].

    ''The man, who has an IQ...
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  • Saving New Zealand from Transparency

    Saving New Zealand from Transparency




    She is the darling of the bureaucrats in Wellington, graciously suckling on the public tit and swift to collect a bauble for each compliment or wink of secrecy dispensed, and he is the recent mayoral candidate for Christchurch best known as a director of defunct companies and broken promises, recently living out of a vacant quake-damaged house he neither owns nor rents according to property records. They appear the perfect couple.

    Suzanne Snively and Victor...
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  • Family feud over $1m will

    Family feud over $1m will

    An elderly Dunedin woman is devastated she has had to fight her adult children to preserve the provisions of their late father's will - a battle she has lost.
    After five years of legal battles, the woman has been unable to prevent her children's claim on her late husband's $1 million-plus estate, assets they built up as a couple over their marriage of more than 50 years.
    The woman is in her 80s and is in poor health.
    She said she tells her estranged children: "I'm not dead yet...
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  • NZ court will judge Kiwi's $11m fraud in China

    NZ court will judge Kiwi's $11m fraud in China

    Charges against a "catch me if you can" New Zealander who has vanished after allegedly embezzling more than $11 million from his former American employers will be heard in the High Court here.New Zealand citizen Jason Dean faces civil claims, by Californian marketing materials maker Americhip, of skimming contracts for nearly a decade.

    Americhip has also claimed that Dean, who was responsible for a large part of its business in China from 2003-12, used this money to buy a $2m mansion...
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  • Family want Crewe murders reinvestigated

    Family want Crewe murders reinvestigated


    Last week, police called an historic press conference to tell the country what they had discovered about the 1970 killing of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe. After four years reviewing the case, this was their chance to set the record straight and their efforts have been the subject of 3rd Degree investigation on TV3.

    In the end they had no definitive answers but to cynically point the finger back in the direction the man who was convicted of the crime , cleared and pardoned
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  • 2014 survey on judge's published

    2014 survey on judge's published




    What do we know about our judges? Thanks to kiwisfirst.co.nz, a little more this week, with the release of its 2014 survey ranking of 63 judges. This is the second survey, four years after the legal blog’s first release. Publisher Vince Siemer says that despite the survey being anonymous, lawyers were generally more fearful this year following recent prosecutions of lawyers who expressed their honest opinions about judges. He says roughly 100 respondents parti
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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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