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Cameron Slater – still technically (and legally) incompetent

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, September 19th, 2015 - 17 comments
Categories: blogs, Dirty Politics, law, suppression orders - Tags: , ,

Cameron Slater has to be his own worst enemy in court. David Fisher at the Herald reported on the current latest saga.

The breaches have cost Slater $1500 in a judgment in which he was told “there is a strong expectation that those who ignore court orders are brought to account”.

The ruling is the latest from Justice Raynor Asher in the long-running defamation case brought by businessman Matthew Blomfield against Slater for articles published on the Whale Oil blog.

Six of the contempt findings related to an undertaking by Slater not to publish anything about Mr Blomfield that was not in the public domain through a “reputable media source”.

The final contempt was in relation to details which were published from a confidential, unsuccessful, settlement conference.

But “to be fair”, I have to say that six of the offences appear to have been either leftovers caused by Cameron Slater’s usual technical incompetence in cleaning up, or poor moderation that breached an undertaking previously given to the court. Sloppy but typical..

As Justice Asher says in his judgement:-

However, as was acknowledged in submissions by Mr Slater, there are electronic techniques whereby references to particular words and names can be removed en masse. Mr Slater claims to be a journalist and was indeed found to be a journalist.15 In these circumstances there was a particular duty on him to ensure that the undertaking was complied with, and that reasonable measures were put in place by him to ensure any further postings on his site by third parties did not breach the undertaking.

And

The minor breaches that I have outlined were not intended to offend. By and large they were short statements left over after Mr Slater had made efforts to remove all offending material, or new statements which referred to current proceedings in a way that is pejorative of Mr Blomfield, but in a different and much more mild way than the earlier allegedly defamatory statements. He made attempts to comply with the undertaking.

As I pointed out years ago, Cameron Slater is not any kind of journalist, and Whaleoil is a blog not a news mediumWhen he conveniently decided to claim he was one, I thought and still think that it was more about protecting his ‘sources’ (and probably his paying clients) by abusing the legal protections that journalists need. While they are weak, they can be used to delay. And that is exactly how Cameron Slater is deliberately using them. The repeated time wasting appeals against an order of the High Court to release the names of his supplier(s) of Matthew Blomfield’s private information.

Cameron Slater didn’t and still doesn’t appear to be interested in picking up the responsibilities of being a journalist that accompany the privileges.

Part of that is because he is sloppy and irresponsible. But also because I didn’t think that he isn’t mentally capable of carrying the responsibilities of being a journalist then, and I certainly don’t think he is now. He thinks like to be a journalist is to be a like a criminal. His attempts earlier this year to pay someone to try to hack into my servers in clear violations of the Crimes Act is just another instance of that.

But as a helpful programmer and blogger, I’ll see if I can find some time to run a sweep through the public areas of his site sometime in the next few months.  Just to help out the court and see how this “journalist” is doing on cleanup.

Needless to say, Cameron Slater’s attempt to revoke the undertaking…

[4] When the matter was originally before the Manukau District Court, on 1 October 2012 at a conference before Judge Charles Blackie, Mr Slater’s counsel atthe time Mr Williams orally undertook:

… that there would be no further publication concerning Mr Blomfield
and/or his associates on the blog site or any other blog site under the control
of Mr Slater or at the behest of Mr Slater, other than that might relate to
information that is already in the public domain via a reputable media
source, for example radio, television or radio or weekly newspapers.

[5] It was recorded by Judge Blackie in his minute that counsel had “indicated on behalf of his client” that the publications would not be made. 3 Despite the slightly unusual wording, Mr Slater accepts that there was an undertaking given to the Court in the terms set out. This was a sensible concession on his part, as the Judge appeared to treat what Mr Williams had said as an undertaking, and the parties have acted since on the basis that there was an undertaking which was binding on Mr Slater. Mr Slater now seeks to have it revoked.

Needless to say that didn’t happen. But I had to laugh at this comment in the judgement.

[57] Mr Slater argued for a discharge. Following the hearing I received further submissions from Mr Slater and Mr Blomfield on this matter. Mr Slater filed lengthy submissions, including over 200 pages of blog articles and affidavits, that expanded his argument that what he has said about Mr Blomfield is true.

[58] This is not the appropriate forum to canvass those arguments, which are particularly complex. Suffice to say that the truth of the allegations against Mr Blomfield will be vehemently put forward and strongly contested at trial. I am not persuaded that the undertaking should be discharged. It was voluntarily given, and given the wide and extreme nature of the allegations that were the subject of the claim, it was appropriate. Nothing has happened to change that position.

Anyone who has watched Cameron Slater in court knows that, like so many of the other self-represented with delusions of legal knowledge, he is a great believer in the power of the printer rather than clear legal argument. Like all of those I have had the misfortune to observe, they also treat opportunities in court for dribbling on about legal irrelevancies for the current purpose of the court.

But there is the seventh and much more serious contempt based on violations of court ordered confidentiality. However I will deal with that in a separate post.

 

17 comments on “Cameron Slater – still technically (and legally) incompetent ”

  1. Joe Bloggs 1

    Slater thinks himself invulnerable, a law unto himself… truth is that since Dirty Politics, the Nats won’t go near him. He’s been reduced to repeating news from other more reputable sites and channeling Kyle Chapman

    • NZJester 1.1

      He has been well protected till now due to his close ties that went all the way up to the PM. Without those links that might now be withing away or are now just better hidden he would have been in jail long ago.

      The Prime Minster claimed to have no contact with him to some message between them came to light.
      Remember also he is also the only person John Key has ever given an official public apology to when other have been far more deserving of an apology.

  2. dukeofurl 2

    Interesting that the real lawyers around Slater have come crashing down.

    Jordan Williams has been dropped from Stephen Franks firm and seems to be working for loose change for his own creature, the taxpayers union

    Cactus Kate has lost her gig in Hong Kong and now relies on 90 day visas to make a living in Los Angeles

  3. save NZ 3

    If we can absolutely know something is seriously amiss with the government, it is knowing that Cameron Slater is on txting and on friendship terms with the Prime Minister who has apologised to him and the ex minister of Justice.

    • dukeofurl 3.1

      Unlike the PM, Slater he says he has archived all his txt messages ( and recorded his phone conversations)

      “Automatic call recorder”- on Google play store. There are others.

  4. Peter James 4

    2250 wrong. Slater’s been fined 1500 total (no costs) of which 750 goes to Bloomfield. The Herald’s added Bloomfield’s share to the 1500 thus the incorrect figure of 2250. It’s in the Judgement. Wonder who told the Herald that?

  5. adam 5

    All I can say is thanks Iprent. You made my day.

    I can’t follow what anyone else says on this matter, as it makes me grumpy -but reading your piece, is just a pleasure.

    Maybe is it that many Tory’s who write here, and elsewhere lack empathy and basics of humanity. Plus, too many, parrot this idiot.

    Slug boy thinks he is a Übermensch. It makes me laugh to see him, prove over and over again – he is not.

    • lprent 5.1

      I do try to accurately assess the monkey man. But I suspect that the basic problem is a severe lack of skills coupled with a ego that doesn’t allow him to ‘notice’ it. He keeps repeating the same idiotic screwups over and over again.

      Look at his attacks on Colin Craig..

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    Slater oil seemingly has tory/pyscho DNA well embedded and has been thereabouts in top level (heh) Nat circles all his life, so though the PM has publicly put some distance between himself and his previous late night “bestie” phone caller, sections of the Nat camp will likely continue to enable him–“he is a monster, but he is our monster”

    well done lprent in adding the extra context for us readers

  7. I’m guessing Slater is well past his Third Strike by now…?

    • left for deadshark 7.1

      Wrong sort of crime I’m afraid Frank. Forgive me in saying this Lynn, but I think it’s a crime giving him any oxygen, maybe not your post though. 😉

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