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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Clark subpoenaed for Doone statement

According to the NZ Herald, Clark was subpoenaed for her 'brief of evidence' on Doone, and the newspaper would not have published without that brief:

Other court documents revealed that person to be Helen Clark, and that she had provided a brief of evidence for Fairfax in which she confirmed telling the newspaper's editor and reporter she understood the four words had been uttered.

The Herald understands Helen Clark did not volunteer a statement, but was subpoenaed to do so by the newspaper's lawyers.

This unusual move was contrary to the established newspaper practice of refusing to provide information that could identify a source.

It is also understood the newspaper would not have published without the Prime Minister's confirmation. It believed the four words were to be included in an official Police Complaints Authority report on the incident, but they were not.

Of course official Labour Party Columnist Russell Brown (whom I will not link to directly) et al are trying to spin this to suggest defamation did not occur because Doone was not fired directly because of the statements. They are suggesting Clark's insinuation that Doone interfered with the junior cop had nothing to do with his subsequent removal from office. But when a national newspaper has the new Prime Minister telling them in a legal brief their basic facts are correct, fault does not lie with the newspaper when those facts turn out to be wrong and a man was defamed.

Personally I'm waiting for some Army Colonel to throw a coup, making New Zealand the first Dairy Products Republic. Thats apparently what it will take to wake the New Zealand public out of its stupor over this Government's ethical problems and far-left agenda.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/28/2005 12:20:00 pm


Blogger Lucyna said...

Al, no, it's getting more and more obvious. A couple of days ago a letter to Editor of the Dom Post had the phrase "looney left" within the text. The message is getting out there. The tide is turning.

4/28/2005 12:34:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Lucyna, you'll know the tide has turned when you see the headline "Deft Dooney Dorks Over Left Loonie"

4/28/2005 01:13:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

LOL, Adolf!

4/28/2005 01:17:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

The word 'over' should have been deleted. Perhaps AL can fix.

4/28/2005 01:30:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Can't edit comments sorry, blogger prevents that. You can delete them or erase them and thats it.

4/28/2005 06:39:00 pm  

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