To Our Readers In New Zealand: Judge David Harvey Doesn't Want You To Know The Names Nathan Tuiti Reo Mutunga Williams and Daniel Bobby Tumata
And I know we have a few of you. Kindly buy a copy of tomorrow's (today's? – I don't know what time you upside down people are on) New Zealand Herald. Find the story which will be published about "two men charged with murder" whose names Judge David Harvey has ruled cannot be published on the web. Then email those names to me at this address (which I've removed as I have the information I need).
A judge has today taken the unprecedented step of banning news websites from naming two men charged with murder while allowing newspapers, radio stations and TV networks to reveal who they are.
Judge David Harvey said online media could not use the names, or publish images of the accused, to prevent the public searching for the information when the case comes to trial.
He said he was "concerned about someone Googling someone's name and being able to access it later".
He was also "concerned about the viral effect of digital publication".
Judge Harvey ruled in Manukau District Court that it was OK to report the names and publish the images in print tomorrow or on tonight's 6pm television news but not on news websites.
With all due respect to The Honorable Judge David Harvey, fuck him and the horse he rode in on.
I will publish those names, with the caution that the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
I live in America, which has plenty of problems (believe me) but where this abuse of our shared heritage of English liberty could not happen. I promise you that I will not reveal your name, or email address, or in any way identify you. I am an attorney, and am competent to quash any subpoena that may come from any kangaroo court in New Zealand, which I never plan to visit, and which has no personal jurisdiction over me. If I am wrong about these assertions, which I am not, I will gladly serve time in a New Zealand jail with the Maoris and the Tuataras and the Hobbits, rather than reveal your name.
Update: I am informed by multiple sources that the accused are named Nathan Tuiti Reo Mutunga Williams and Daniel Bobby Tumata. A third suspect could not be named by print sources because he is a teenager. All are of course presumed innocent unless proven guilty, and you should take nothing from this publication of information over the web, except that Judge David Harvey is a censorious asshat.
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