Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oh yeah!

 Seems everyone has an opinion on the Urewera four trial. Interesting. I must say I am enjoying a very short break after spending the last six weeks defending the case. The circumstances of the case were recently described as unique. Fully expecting a witchhunt from the government in relation to the trial. As they say its so much easier to be inside the car than hitching.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Legal advice

Fraud cases are always viewed seriously by the Courts. There is a perception that because nobody is physically hurt as in a physical assault that somehow fraud, theft and forgery offences are somehow less serious. If you think this is the case you are not in touch with reality. A fraud or theft offence involving say 50k committed in a position of trust or as an employee can easily attract a starting point of three years imprisonment. Thefts or frauds of larger amounts can attract starting points of between 5 and 7 years imprisonment. Similarly a lesser fraud committed by a recidivist offender i.e. someone who has committed offences many times before can attract a severe sentence for a moderate theft or fraud. Similarly lesser frauds and thefts which may have been committed over a long period of time are regarded seriously.

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Friday, March 09, 2012


Satire is lacking in this country. Is that because we are not living in a totalitarian state? Back in the day when Kings and Queens used to chop peoples heads off on a whim the satire industry was booming. That was the only way that the state could be questioned without risk to ones limbs and head. Or are we now living in a state where the whole media is controlled by state owned enterprises and where control is now exercised in a more surreptious manner. The Chomskyism that people are repressed into such a tight and narrow band that they think they are free and do not need to write overt satire. I rather think this is where we are at. We think they are benign when the reality is they are malignant.

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