Field appeals – again

January 29th, 2011 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

NZPA report:

Jailed former MP Taito Phillip Field is going to the Supreme Court in another bid to have his fraud convictions overturned.

Field filed papers in Wellington this week after the Court of Appeal last year dismissed his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

He was jailed in October 2009 after being convicted by a jury in the High Court at Auckland of 11 charges of bribery and corruption as a MP, and 15 charges of perverting the course of justice.

Field was jailed for six years, the first MP to be jailed for bribery, corruption and perverting the course of justice. He was an MP for 12 years, for Labour then as an independent.

Field obviously still believes Labour’s official line that he isn’t guilty of anything more than trying to help his constituents.

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19 Responses to “Field appeals – again”

  1. big bruv (14,141 comments) says:

    You are too kind DPF, the line “he isn’t guilty of anything more than trying to help his constituents” belongs to the corrupt Helen Klark.

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  2. Manolo (14,044 comments) says:

    Field obviously still believes Labour’s official line that he isn’t guilty of anything more than trying to help his constituents.

    Those infamous words were uttered by the despicable former Prime Minister, comrade Clark.

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  3. Inky_the_Red (761 comments) says:

    As I recall he was expelled from the Labour Party and set up his own Party.

    Someone here is trying to rewrite history.

    Do you also blame the current National Party for all the stuff their ex members did while in Parliament – Peters, Laws, etc?

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  4. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Inky
    I recall that he was a Labour member at the time of the corruption.

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  5. gravedodger (1,569 comments) says:

    What the hell has that got to do with it gazza, nothing to see here move on.

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  6. AaronWH () says:

    How much more of our money is this waste of space going to use to do this before he finally gives up?

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  7. Inky_the_Red (761 comments) says:

    Gazz

    So what you are saying is despite being in the governing party at the time Fields was charged and convicted.

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  8. Chuck Bird (4,923 comments) says:

    “As I recall he was expelled from the Labour Party and set up his own Party.

    Someone here is trying to rewrite history.”

    Look who is trying to rewrite history. Labour defended Field’s crimes until he talked about stand as an independent.

    Labour still refuses to condemn an MP who has used his position as an MP for financial benefit. Can you tell us of any MP in the history of NZ who has been convicted of such serious crimes? Can you tell why Labour still refuses to condemn his actions?

    It would appear the reason is blackmail. Labour is scared of what Field’s might say about the actions of other Labour MPs – possibley criminal.

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  9. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    My lawyer told me once that criminals can always justify their actions. Someone else is always to blame for them commiting the crime. In this case it is Field’s constituents that was the cause.

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  10. nasska (11,796 comments) says:

    Truly the lesson is that Labour MP’s should choose their constituents with great care.

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  11. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    Field is an absolute asshole. But there is no reason this in itself should reflect on the Labour Party.

    There’s an unlikeable politician with name suppression who has done something nasty, and we don’t go judging his whole party by his actions.

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  12. Chuck Bird (4,923 comments) says:

    “Field is an absolute asshole. But there is no reason this in itself should reflect on the Labour Party.”

    Yes there is. The reason is that the Labour Party still refuses to condemn the actions of this criminal who used his position to benefit financially.

    Name one MP from any party who done such a thing.

    Donna A committed a crime while an MP but did not use her position to do so. ACT publicly condemned her criminal wrong doing.

    Why will Labour not do the same?

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  13. immigant (950 comments) says:

    tristanb

    “Field is an absolute asshole. But there is no reason this in itself should reflect on the Labour Party.”

    Yes it does, Labour leadership supported him to the last and tried to sweep the whole thing under the carpet. I’d say that reflect pretty badly on Labour. Intentional or not it certainly sent the wrong message to voters, two bad most of NZ is too stupid or apathetic to remember or understand events like this, so in the long term it will make little difference.

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  14. Inventory2 (10,414 comments) says:

    Labour’s only official comment – ever

    Labour chief whip Darren Hughes said the party acknowledged the verdict, but had no further comment.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/2720621/Jail-time-looming-for-Taito-Phillip-Field

    No Labour MP has ever denounced Philip Field’s corruption. Hughes’ comment is especially interesting for what it DIDN’T say. Their silence suggests that they still think that he was hard done by.

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  15. Chuck Bird (4,923 comments) says:

    “Their silence suggests that they still think that he was hard done by.”

    or would disclose something would have Labour at 10%.

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  16. scanner (340 comments) says:

    Should have hung the lying prick when he was first found guilty, try appealing that Phil.

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  17. Matt (227 comments) says:

    Well, it’s Helen’s Supreme Court, and Helen’s already said he’s not guilty, so I’d say he has a shot

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  18. trout (944 comments) says:

    It is worth remembering that Field, in his illegal support of immigrants had the active collusion of other labour MP’s, some of whom are still in Parliament. We have yet to hear from Damian O’Connor’s Secretary who received the report from NZ immigration officials in Fiji that questioned the propriety of Field’s activities, but (according to Labour) inexplicably did not bring it to the notice of the Minister.

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  19. annie (539 comments) says:

    I do hope he isn’t getting legal aid.

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