No news on Blomfield v Slater

I previewed the defamation trial between Matthew Blomfield and Cameron Slater here: Whale Oil be fucked? Defamation trial against Slater starting on Monday

As far as I know the trial started on Monday but I can find no media coverage, which seems unusual. Perhaps Slater is too toxic for the media to cover him any more, but that seems unlikely.

It has been on the Court Daily List all week, but there is a curious change. On Monday and Tuesday it was shown as:

NO 8 COURT BEFORE THE HON. JUSTICE DAVISON
CIV2013-404-5218 MATTHEW JOHN BLOMFIELD (F E Geiringer) v CAMERON JOHN SLATER  (D Beard) & ANOR
Civil Proceeding – Defamation

But on today’s list (Wednesday) it has changed from to ‘Civil Proceeding – Defamation’ to ‘Pre-trial hearing’ I have no idea what that means. It could be just a mistake, I think there was a pre-trial hearing on Friday.

SB posted at Whale Oil on Monday:  Do you want the good news or the bad news?

Starting today Cam is back in the High Court for up to four weeks depending on how the trial goes. The battle royale starts today.

It certainly feels very bizarre to be back in the high court for a second case when the first case from over a year ago has still not concluded.

This time around I will not be able to accompany Cam as I was only a part-timer back then but I work full time, seven days a week for the blog now.

Last time Cam was able to do some posts because we rented an apartment that was walking distance from the court so there was no long commute to and from the court each day. In fact, we spent our 25th Wedding Anniversary there. This time around Cam will be doing the long commute between the city and Whangaparaoa each day instead. If the case goes for the full 4 weeks Cam will be spending his 50th birthday.

Last time was Craig versus Slater. The judgment is not yet out, well over a year after the trial.

I know from our last experience that Cam will be mentally, physically and emotionally drained at the end of each week so I have done a Jacinda and made a Captain’s Call. I have put my foot down and told him that he is not to write on the weekends until the case is over.

I have told him to rest on the weekends and that we will all just have to cope without him.

During Craig trial, and when Slater was ill early last year, there were some posts from Slater. Since then Whale Oil has become much less reliant on his input, with SB taking a much more active role and a number of others becoming regular contributors. WO seems to be chugging away ok there, although comment numbers seem to be lower.

We are VERY confident that we will win this latest court case but your guess is as good as mine as to how long it will take to get a judgement.

The Whale Meat Company is currently helping us to fund our court case so your support of our new business is not only feeding your family it is supporting ours while ensuring that Whaleoil will not be silenced.

There were supporting comments and commiserations for the fading political activist.

A curious comment from ‘Loki’ here yesterday:

Things went horribly wrong for our hero yesterday.
No court today !

That appears to be a sarcastic reference to Slater.

‘Bill Brown’, who keeps trying to disguise his association with the case, has not been here reporting any positives so his optimism that some claims had been dropped was a positive may have been premature.

Court cases can be a black hole for information if media don’t cover them, and if you can’t attend in person. I will keep an eye out for any developments, but for now there is little information available.

17 Comments

  1. Bill Brown

     /  October 10, 2018

    Starts next Monday

  2. Loki

     /  October 10, 2018

    Some claims have been dropped.
    Yup.
    The lawyer has tightened up the claims to make the case stronger.
    The delay is due to ANOTHER new lawyer having to be brought in and our hero turned up to school without his completed homework, lunch and pencil case.
    The media didn’t turn up on Monday but the headhunters did to give MB a bit of a frightener as he walked in.
    MB has Nicky Hager’s legal team helping him.
    That must be causing guts ache for hero.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  October 10, 2018

    “No news is no news” as they say …

  4. lurcher1948

     /  October 10, 2018

    Slaters got the call out for money,we should start a (give a little)page
    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2018/10/battling-lawfare/

    • Loki

       /  October 10, 2018

      The scrounging continues.
      I recommend everybody to read that post. Twice, and then have a chuckle when this trial ends.
      I think he actually truly believes he hasn’t defamed MB.

    • Loki

       /  October 10, 2018

      Hilarity. Court has ordered the post be deleted according to an update at the sewer

      • Bill Brown

         /  October 10, 2018

        You reporting live from the HC Loki?

        • Loki

           /  October 10, 2018

          Clearly not. If I were I would have helpfully corrected our hero on his claim the court ordered him to take the post down.

    • robertguyton

       /  October 10, 2018

      I’ll turn out me pockets!

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 10, 2018

      So will I. There’s no money in them 😀

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