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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Sedition Trial: UPDATE

Queen v Selwyn

UPDATE

Well I gave evidence today. My own lawyer's questions to the end felt like an interrogation, but that was just to set me up for the hell of a cross-examination today by the Crown Prosecuter - very gruelling. I tried to make my points regarding the issue of the trial, the two documents, but he just wanted to focus on the stuff on the periphery that would make me look bad and hack away at that from as many angles as he could - all in a dull, plodding monotone. I point blank refused to answer at least half a dozen of his peripheral questions (esp. about questions that could implicate others or were just gratuitously irrelevant) and tried to get it back to what the purpose of the texts were and the intent behind them. It became a bit testy but he did accept some of my views surrounding intent - and made sure to quickly cut me off when he caught himself acknowledging my points.

The trial so far has had a couple of odd turns that I can hopefully tell you about later.

Tomorrow (Thursday) I'll give my final korero via re-examination from my lawyer, and then closing statements from the lawyers, and then the judge will summarise all the issues for the jury and they will deliberate and hopefully come back with a verdict before the end of the day. If they choose to go into all the documents and try to create timelines and scenarios they could waste a lot of time and get side-tracked with all the circumstantial evidence (I think).

I have to trust that jury.

9 Comments:

At 8/6/06 12:08 am, Blogger Murray said...

I wouldn't trust a jury of my peers to chose desert.

Lets asume they have as much aversion to stupid missuse of the law as the rest of us.

 
At 8/6/06 12:07 pm, Blogger Idiot/Savant said...

Murray: In a sedition trial they're far more trustworthy than a judge - which is why historically most sedition trials have dispensed with them.

And good luck, BTW.

 
At 8/6/06 2:53 pm, Blogger Lucyna said...

Yeah, good luck, Tim.

 
At 8/6/06 6:21 pm, Blogger Murray said...

I've got no faith in judgs either. A lot of them seem to thing their job is to legislate rather than enforce the laws as they are.

 
At 8/6/06 9:09 pm, Blogger peterquixote said...

wellness and prosperity

 
At 8/6/06 9:52 pm, Blogger Gooner said...

Sorry to hear of your conviction despite how stupid your act(s) were. I don't believe the charge was necessary and I don't think the conviction proves anything.

 
At 8/6/06 9:54 pm, Blogger t selwyn said...

that jury.

 
At 8/6/06 10:10 pm, Anonymous Greg Stephens said...

Good luck in your appeals!
Sounded as though the jury never really understood that they were setting New Zealand back to the reign of Charles I.
Anyway, good luck.

 
At 10/6/06 10:53 am, Blogger Murray said...

Face it Tim, your peers are pawns.

 

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