Posts Tagged ‘justice’

Steven Price: ‘wider factors to consider’ in recent online gagging order

So… it’s not just me who feels uneasy about aspects of the recently-released blogger restraint & gagging order I discussed in my post ‘Is this what we want? Internet ‘take down’ and indefinite gagging orders?‘. Steven Price is a media lawyer, a law lecturer at my alma mater Victoria University of Wellington, and a legal […]

Is this what we want? Internet ‘take down’ and indefinite gagging orders?

I didn’t want to be the one who ‘broke the news’ that, as the Herald on Sunday‘s Kathryn Powley put it in her story ‘Blogger told to stop‘: a blogger has been ordered to remove dozens of posts and comments from her website and issued with a restraining order against a lawyer she harassed on-line. […]

Uncertainty vs certainty. Growing out of old beliefs.

“Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.” — attributed to Voltaire It can be useful and enlightening now and then to try seeing the world (or an issue, at least) from someone else’s point of view — a bit like taking a car for the proverbial “spin ’round the block to see how she handles”. Donald […]

An excellent primer on why the Treaty of Waitangi applies to ‘modern stuff’ like the radio spectrum

Broadcaster and Te Reo lobbyist/activist/legend Piripi Walker lays out the case: Why Maori seek share of 4G spectrum ( via Bryce Edwards NZPD) A highlight for me, early in his argument: We should not be surprised in the digital age that its protections, in respect of the assumed royal prerogative (the right of kings, queens […]

Did Tame Iti *really* ‘pose a risk to the community’?

From the NZ Herald today: Tuhoe activist Tame Iti … will be freed on bail in a little over a week’s time, having served nine months of a two-and-a-half year jail term. He and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara were sentenced to two and half years in prison after being found guilty during a trial last year […]

Jemima Khan’s must-read article about Julian Assange

In this insightful, articulate article, Jemima Khan addresses some of the issues and events surrounding Wikileaks and Julian Assange … and echoes one of my perennial themes: tribalism and how it blunts understanding. On the subject of Assange, pundits on both the left and the right have become more interested in tribalism than truth. The […]

Judith Collins “breaching natural justice” in Bain case

Yeah, I thought it would come to this. Bain takes High Court action against Collins – NZ Herald David Bain has filed a High Court claim against Justice Minister Judith Collins seeking a judicial review of her actions since she received the Justice Binnie report last August. The claim includes allegations Ms Collins has breached […]

Ha! Who would be a politician, huh?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the proverb goes. It seems it’s the same, too, with perceptions of political ‘performance’. (Whatever that slippery term means.) This week, I made a judgement about Justice Minister Judith Collins and her handling of the Bain compensation report. See Current affairs through partisan filters. David Bain […]

Current affairs through partisan filters. David Bain in limbo.

It’s been intriguing to watch the messy political debate in New Zealand about the findings of the independent inquiry, conducted by an internationally respected justice, into the case for compensation for wrongful imprisonment of David Bain. I personally, largely ignorantly, thought David Bain was the killer of his family. A jury convicted him. But then […]

Unspeakably good article about a family murder and alleged miscarriage of justice

Read this: Since 1979, Brian Murtagh has fought to keep convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald in prison by Gene Weingarten, Washington Post. – P

Lost in translation? … Assange not just ‘wanted for questioning’, but charged

From Julian Assange is charged, there is no doubt about it — Göran Rudling. On numerous occasions we have heard Julian Assange say that he is not charged with any crime. For English speaking people that means Julian Assange will be detained by three Swedish courts without a charge. I can understand why so many English […]

Judge David Harvey on ‘judicial blogging’

Here’s an interesting legal foray into some of the issues a Judge faces when considering involvement in social media. The first thing is, as the New Zealand Guidelines point out, that Judges are a part of society and not aloof from it. Judges are an essential part of a functioning society under the Rule of […]

Judge David Harvey spikes ‘the enemy’ guns

David Lange once said, ‘He who lives by the quip, dies by the quip’. “The problem is not technology. The problem is behaviour. We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Justice David Harvey at NetHui Judge David Harvey’s later pun about the United States being ‘the enemy’ in a discussion about the […]

Upstaging an important public moment

I spotted this statement from Susan Benn on behalf of the Julian Assange Defence Fund over the weekend, which makes some good points about the challenge the Swedish and British authorities (surely) must be having trying to maintain the pretense that they’re treating Julian Assange as they would any other ‘person of interest’. The ludicrous […]

Speaking up for Madeleine Flannagan

The following is an anonymous comment in support of Madeleine Flannagan, who features in my recent post, ‘Implications of recent internet gagging attempt‘. UPDATE: The comment is now in the comment stream of the relevant post.