Robertson to testify against Field

April 20th, 2009 at 1:04 pm by David Farrar

Radio NZ reports:

The trial is scheduled to last three months. Labour MP has been revealed as a Member of Parliament who will give evidence against Mr Field.

That will be fascinating. Robertson has been MP for nearby Manukau East since 1996 and for Papatoetoe before that since 1987. He is respected by all sides in Parliament as an honest bloke who was a good Deputy Speaker.

What will he reveal about his former colleague in Labour?

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9 Responses to “Robertson to testify against Field”

  1. baxter (893 comments) says:

    The question is will Damian O’CONNOR be giving evidence for the prosecution or the defence? It seems inconceivable that he won’t be called at all.

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  2. GPT1 (2,087 comments) says:

    Small point. He will give evidence for the prosecution not “testify against Field”. The prosecution’s role is to put all relevant evidence before the court in an impartial manner. Now one might be a little more cynical about whether the theory is put into practice but I like to do my small piece to remind prosecutors of their role as dispassionate ministers of justice!

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  3. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    He is respected by all sides in Parliament as an honest bloke who was a good Deputy Speaker.

    Only as an Assistant Speaker, unfortunately.

    Small point. He will give evidence for the prosecution not “testify against Field”. The prosecution’s role is to put all relevant evidence before the court in an impartial manner.

    That is the prosecution’s role, but it is not a witnesses role. A witness will give evidence – what they saw, know, etc. , but depending on the character of that evidence, it may be entirely correct to say he gave evidence against Field. It will, of course, not be correct to say he will “testify” at all. Witnesses in New Zealand do not testify of have testimony – that’s in the US – New Zealand witnesses give evidence.

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  4. Manolo (13,330 comments) says:

    As far as I know there is little honour between thieves (read Labour politicians), so this could be a case of anything goes.

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  5. F E Smith (3,301 comments) says:

    “dispassionate ministers of justice” ROFLOL! (is that the right terminology? I don’t know text speak- my text messages are usually typed out in full) R v E anybody…??? (cryptic reference for defence lawyers and subject to a fantastic article by the legendary Nigel Hampton QC a year or so ago)

    “It will, of course, not be correct to say he will “testify” at all. Witnesses in New Zealand do not testify of have testimony – that’s in the US – New Zealand witnesses give evidence.”

    And couldn’t agree more. Let us also refrain from having a witness ‘take the stand” or, in evidence recently, have the accused benefit from a ‘plea bargain’. Witnesses enter the witness box in this country, and we most definitely do not have ‘plea bargains’. We negotiate agreements with the prosecution as to the correct level or number of charges. Any sentence is entirely up to the judge on the day.

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  6. F E Smith (3,301 comments) says:

    But Robertson giving evidence will be interesting indeed. When was the last time a sitting MP gave evidence in a defended hearing, does anybody know? Helen could have with the Waimate Speeders, but the judge said she didn’t have to…

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  7. dad4justice (7,729 comments) says:

    “Helen could have with the Waimate Speeders ” but Judge John Strettell had another speed of light dumb decision.

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  8. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    When was the last time a sitting MP gave evidence in a defended hearing, does anybody know?

    Did Bill Birch give evidence in Police v Geiringer?

    [DPF: Nope only the tyres!]

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  9. tvb (4,197 comments) says:

    This trial will be a delicious exposure of the Tammany style politics of the Labour Party in action and it will be unfolding right through the campaign for the Mr Albert seat.

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