Whilst we are on a subject (I know, a totally different one but...)
From today's Herald
Govt will not force any local councils to merge - PM
The proposed law changes reduced the barriers to council mergers.
If an amalgamation of councils was proposed, a majority of the total affected residents would have to vote in support of the merger for it go ahead.
At present, a majority must be found in every separate district affected by an amalgamation.
To force a vote of opposition against a merger, 10 percent of affected residents would have to form a petition.
Does this mean the amalgamation of Auckland Councils was illegal?.
No, it had a special statute that overrode existing legislation (and the wishes of the Auklanders). Mind you, they kinda signed up for it by voting NACT.
Judge David Harvey surrendered his role in the case after making comments during a copyright discussion at an internet conference.
I don't like the look of this, I can't see Judge Harvey waking up in the morning and saying "I shouldn't have said that, I will stand down"
Considering he was considered the right gut for the job...
An internet law expert, Judge Harvey had been considered the perfect choice to hear arguments on whether Dotcom and his Megaupload colleagues should be extradited by the United States
Did he jump or was he pushed?.
Difficult to know. It may just be a tale of caution about posting Twitter messages in the public domain, or it could be a story about unusual political pressure, Whatever the reasons, it is a loss for a very important legal case. Judge Harvey is one smart manl
I'll write up what happened with the Judge Harvey thing in the morning.
saying "I shouldn't have said that, I will stand down"
I suspect that's exactly what happened. Not everyone has weak ethics.
The sole reason may be that with any judgment the judge doesn't want to propvide grounds for the the FBI?NZ Police/Act National Maori Party coalitions govt a grounds to appeal on the basis of slightest perception of bias.