As readers will know, Labour has never ever said that they think Taito Philip Field was guilry of bribery and corruption. Their sole public statement to date has been they “acknowledge” the verdict.
It seems Field himself shares their view that he is not guilty of anything more than working hard for his constituents as he has appealed again. Belinda McCammon at Stuff reports:
Disgraced former Labour MP Taito Phillip Field has been granted leave to appeal his 2009 conviction for fraud, by the Supreme Court.
Field, who is currently serving a six year jail term, was found guilty of 11 of 12 charges of bribery and corruption as an MP over having Thai nationals carry out work on his properties in return for immigration assistance between November 2002 and October 2005.
He was also found guilty of 15 of 23 charges of wilfully attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice, alleging he tried to derail investigations into the work on his homes. …
In a judgement released by the Supreme Court today Field was given leave to appeal his sentence on the grounds of whether the Court of Appeal had correctly stated the test for corruptly accepting a bribe.
The Supreme Court sits in Wellington. I might sit it on that case once it is heard.