Hagamans want retrial, Little wants to campaign

Yesterday Lani Hagaman said that she favours a retrial in her and her husband Earl’s defamation claim against Andrew Little, and she may also appeal the finding on qualified privilege. This may be dependent on how long Earl stays alive.

Andrew Little wants to try to focus on campaigning for this year’s election.

NZ Herald: Lani Hagaman to push ahead with retrial in Andrew Little defamation case

In a statement, Mrs Hagaman said she had been advised the court would automatically arrange for the a retrial after the jury in the first trial was unable to reach a verdict on several of the six claims of defamation lodged by Mr Hagaman.

“While Earl is still alive I believe that it is important that every effort is made to bring his claims to completion, and I intend to do so.”

Mrs Hagaman also expected to appeal Justice Karen Clark’s decision to grant Andrew Little the defence of qualified privilege – a defence Little said was because of his “moral duty” as leader of the Opposition to question the Government.

“Because the jury was unable to reach verdicts on several of Earl’s claims, I am advised that the court now arranges automatically for those claims to be retried.

“The jury also reached a verdict that Earl was defamed by Andrew Little. However, contrary to the finding of the court on qualified privilege, my legal advice continues to be that Mr Little was not entitled to protection by that.

“As this matter remains unresolved, I believe it requires clarification.”

Clarification would help in a legal sense, but neither a retrial nor an appeal will help Little in a political sense.

Labour leader Andrew Little said he had seen Mrs Hagaman’s statement seeking a retrial.

“I have taken every opportunity to resolve this matter and I have faced up to my responsibilities.”

He said his priority now was the election and issues such as housing and health.

“Fixing these problems means changing the Government and that is my focus.

“As this matter could be subject to further court proceedings, I will not be commenting further.”

Little’s political future will depend to an extent on how long Earl Hagaman remains alive.

A retrial is unlikely before the election. I don’t know long it will take to have an appeal. But either hanging over Little over the next few months will be an unwelcome distraction for him.

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  1. Oh yes, an excellent piece PG. what a distraction. Will Little float like cream to the top or will he sink like a grey, old stone?

    • Blazer

       /  13th April 2017

      I doubt he will vanish like a thief into the night,like someone I won’t mention.Kick this Hagaman storm in a teacup into touch and get on with the …campaign.NZ has sufferred from incompetent govt for too long. [Deleted due to legal risks. PG]

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  13th April 2017

    XD XD XD

  3. artcroft

     /  13th April 2017

    I think the Hagaman’s have had their day in court. Its not like Little’s comments are gonna effect Earl’s business opportunities in the next life and the jury couldn’t agree that Little had done that much damage to his reputation in this world. Continuing on with this looks petty and does not reflect well on the Hagaman’s.

    • Corky

       /  13th April 2017

      The Hagaman’s already have a fouled magazine clip, Arty. They want to make sure Andy suffers the same.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  13th April 2017

    When you are rich and have a setback you relegate over and over again use your wealth to win with BIG money because the plaintive isn’t as wealthy, HAGAMAN well lose as juries HATE THE UBUR RICH, and the dead cat on his head is silly

    • Gezza

       /  13th April 2017

      Offer your services to Andy immediately Lurch. Really look forawrd to seeing you address any new jury.

    • John Schmidt

       /  13th April 2017

      What big money. Why do you think this is about money. Its about integrity and that to the Hagamans it is incredibly important, so important that they are willing to pay to protect it.
      Little by comparison has shown he has very little respect for integrity and is prepared to slander the Hagamans on the assumption, like yourself, that all rich people are arseholes and deserve to be slandered because they are successful and rich.

    • Corky

       /  13th April 2017

      You sad excuse for a human being, Lurchy. However, you are a fine specimen of a Leftie.

  5. Brown

     /  13th April 2017

    I have an insight into Little’s reasoning why a delay until after the election is good. It is as follows:
    – Win election
    – Become PM
    – Big pay increase
    – Easier to pay costs and damages
    – Whew, close call!

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