Would CCOs lie to the Courts? #dangerous #power


Tonight Richard posted another note at his Facebook page:

We know Delta feel free to play with the truth – But would they lie to the Courts?
Richard Healey · Saturday, 28 January 2017
It’s obvious that Delta think nothing of spinning the facts for you or me, think back to last December when a high voltage line fell to the ground in Tainui, burning the grass. Delta said, and I quote “it presented no danger to the public”. I guess, because no one was under it at the time it fell, you could argue that the statement is true. To me it’s like claiming that firing a gun down the Prince’s St presented no danger to the public because you didn’t hit anyone. Your call, was that a lie?

pothead-photo-supplied-by-richard-healeyOr how about this one, when a cast iron cable termination fractured in several places showering the pavement with molten tar – “Delta marketing and communications manager Gary Johnson said the Havelock St pothead was found to have a “slow leak” of insulating material and was removed.” I suppose we could argue about the definition of slow, I’m sure the bitumen that came out did so very slowly – compared to the speed of light – but to characterise a failure that split a cast iron vessel many millimeters thick as a “slow leak” is disingenuous at best. Would you call that a lie?

In his second interview with TV3 Grady Cameron claimed that he wanted to talk to me about the issues that I’d raised but that I had resigned before he had the opportunity. Technically he is absolutely correct, I had resigned. What he didn’t say was that I was working out a months notice, that I was at my desk, with my cellphone on and my computer in front of me when he had me “quarantined” and removed from the office. Not only that, but he cancelled a meeting that I had been told to attend with both Grady and Matt Ballard (more about him shortly) the next day. Would you call that a lie?

The question that I’ve been considering for the last month or so is – would they lie in court?



Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

This post is offered in the public interest.

*Image: Failed pothead, slow leak? – photo care of Richard Healey


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9 responses to “Would CCOs lie to the Courts? #dangerous #power

  1. Elizabeth

    Question: Did the GOBs perjure themselves at the High Court in an Appeal taken to stop the Stadium ?

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    The Calvin Klein fireproof boxers sell uncommonly well in this town.

  3. Gurglars

    It’s a very intriguing sideshow of the US presidential sideshow that the left wing press continue to focus on Trump being a liar.

    Just when will the said press, out the other political leaders, flunkies, spin doctors, mayors, councillors, bureaucrats, and cohorts?

    Lying has become the new norm along with dobbing in a neighbour for a furtive glance!


    Whilst I have made the odd furtive glance, I have not yet been caught.

    And spellchecker doesn’t like dobbers it turns them into sobbers.

    Quite apt really.

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  4. Peter

    It would be interesting to know how often the crime of perjury, when suspected, is pursued in our courts. I don’t hear it happen…Or remember.
    We know perjury was committed in the court with the STS court case, but even the legal fraternity does nothing off their own bat to pursue this serious case of perjury. The lawyers do nothing out of principle without a hefty remuneration.
    I have contempt for the legal fraternity overall and many people do. No wonder. The legal system, to me, is broken.

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Peter
      Perjury comes up in searches of our newspapers including ODT – it isn’t uncommon as a prosecution. There is a particularly recent case at Dunedin where a man convinced the judge he was in a position to arrange employment of another criminal following his sentencing – the whole thing was a crock of lies.

      The ‘not quite’ perjury…

      • Hype O'Thermia

        In your search did you see any pattern? E.g. demographic, power/wealth status of those against whom perjury charges were brought.

        • Elizabeth

          Not particularly but not a scientific breakdown. Persons presenting at the Courts as in ‘real life’ have all sorts of reasons to misrepresent or doctor the truth.

      • Peter

        I feel if you are rich, or have power, comitting perjury is so much easier in this country, particularly in Dunedin/Otago.
        The courts go after the petty criminals as they are easier game and don’t have high powered lawyers to get them off.
        Lying has become the new normal in public life. Not that it hasn’t always existed, but it’s regular usage has made lying more acceptable. No accountability has made this reality.

  5. Greta Good

    And sometimes the number of reasons run into the hundreds and hundreds of thousands. Perhaps.

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