Arthur Taylor released from prison

Arthur Taylor is likely to get a lot of media coverage today.

A couple of weeks ago: Soon-to-be-released jailhouse lawyer labelled as a ‘legal genuis’

Taylor has been in prison nearly 40 years – and will be released on parole in February.

The career criminal has an extensive history of offending back to 1972, when he appeared in the Youth Court on a forgery charge.

He is serving a 17-year cumulative sentence in the high-security A Block at Paremoremo, which was set to end in 2022.

Hazel Heal a recently graduated law student, learnt about Taylor and started corresponding with him in prison about Hepatitis C in prison, as she’s an advocate on the issue.

Her respect for his legal achievements and legal genius, meant she kept corresponding with Taylor, and speaking to him on the phone.

“I do see him as a legal genius, a most remarkable lawyer who’s never been to a single lecture, or had any lessons, and works out of law in the most incredibly difficult conditions, with hardly any computer access.”

It would be a waste of his legal skills if he did not continue with his legal work outside of jail, and he had a few cases coming up this year, Ms Heal said.

He has plenty of time to study law. Good if he can use what he has learned for good purposes.

Taylor has already featured in a number of court cases, including on prisoner voting rights. Here are some decisions:

And it looks like more to come today:

 

 

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22 Comments

  1. Ray

     /  February 11, 2019

    Hopefully now that he is 60 he will realise that crime really doesn’t pay.
    It will be interesting to see if he can manage to not get caught again, fingers crossed🤞.

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    • Duker

       /  February 11, 2019

      Recidivism is a cycle over the lifetime of a carrer crim. They relapse, maybe the time between relapses gets longer but getting older helps a lot.
      trouble is the Cops will be watching him like a hawk as catching crims on parole with breaches is ‘easy’ and gets them brownie points

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    • NOEL

       /  February 11, 2019

      Give his job someone so he reimburse all that legal aid.

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      • Duker

         /  February 11, 2019

        Didnt he take the cases, especially on his own matters to court personally….some times there would be a barrister to argue the case before a judge , but still he would have done the solicitors work in preparing the material

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  2. Blazer

     /  February 11, 2019

    labelled a legal genius by his girlfriend by the sound of it.

    He had a lot of expert help with the cases he took.

    He can probably appreciate that petty crime doesn’t pay and that you need to get into finance and insurance to make the ‘bugs bunny’.

    And Arthur did learn…you don’t put red wine in the fridge.

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    • Duker

       /  February 11, 2019

      “He had a lot of expert help with the cases he took”

      yeah right …you get that inside Paremoremo

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      • Blazer

         /  February 11, 2019

        ‘”She was a paralegal in Canada, and a law student, living in British Colombia.

        “She started following my cases, then she started sending me some messages which I got and we just started taking quite an interest in each other – more than just friends, shall we say.’

        ‘He happily admits most of his cases have been to further his own ends. “When I was taking criminal cases it was to try and keep myself from getting convicted…look after myself and stuff.”

        ‘In a little red contact book he’s got numbers for QCs and other lawyers he’s come across over the years, some of whom send him legal textbooks and other research material. “I was really honoured to have these people’s recognition…What happened is I started to feel more affinity to them than most of the people in here.”

        ‘from an account he gets a mate on the outside to operate for him. The emails include administrative matters (“sorry, my secretary got the dates wrong”), third person statements in the style of press releases (“Arthur Taylor said he is delighted by today’s Decision by Justice Paul Heath…”) and commentary on how his cases are progressing.’

        a prison side Graham McCready.

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        • Duker

           /  February 11, 2019

          Guess what …even a QC has support staff, law libraries…. discussions with other legal eagles on past and present cases.

          getting sent a legal textbook…. have you ever read one , they are impenetrable for most people.
          The thing he did have , and most lawyers dont …is all the time in the world for his current case.

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  3. Trevors_elbow

     /  February 11, 2019

    What the odds on him being back in the slammer in under 2 years? Probably 65% chance he will I reckon. Life long crims have a hard time going straight but maybe given his relative celebrity he will make a living as the edgy former crim guest at luvvie parties and events ‘crim makes good…. for a fee’

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    • Corky

       /  February 11, 2019

      Some real bad British ex cons make a living that way. One prick, who used to cut off fingers and toes with bolt cutters, is in high demand. I forget his name, but he told a interviewer, if he asked that question again, they would have a ‘problem.’ I think the interviewer was reminding this con that he was a psychopathic piece of shite… something his admiring mindless middleclass audience seems to forget.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 11, 2019

        Charles Bronson/Salvador who’s doing life and has spent 40 years behind bars was known to cut toes off with bolt cutters. He was in the news when he married in prison; he was handcuffed to a warden during the ceremony and I don’t think that he’s been released. I hope not.

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  4. Corky

     /  February 11, 2019

    Arfur Taylor. Community Advocate. Reasonable prices. Any Chattel accepted. Ex Cons
    welcome. Enquire within.

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    • Blazer

       /  February 11, 2019

      ‘leave it out…Terry…my son’;.

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    • Duker

       /  February 11, 2019

      Community Advocate ?
      hes taken some complicated cases all the way to the Supreme Court- something even Bridges never did
      Appellate cases mean you are usually up against the smartest lawyers in government legal system- especially Court of Appeal and up…its not minor things about who said what to whom and when, its complicated precedents and getting into the nitty gritty of what ‘the law’ really means and its relation to this particular case.

      Clearly he cant work as a ‘lawyer’ without a practicing certificate, but often appeals are funded through legal aid so he would be part of that food chain – if it turns out well.

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      • Corky

         /  February 11, 2019

        Honestly, I wish him well. I just want him to leave innocent people alone. If he can do good and make a fortune..good on him.

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  5. Finbaar Rustle

     /  February 11, 2019

    Arfur Taylor ” legal genius”?
    So how come he has been in prison 40 years?
    People are so dumb.
    George Wilder only served 7 years including holding
    a prison warder officer hostage at gunpoint.
    Arfur Taylor genius err… not.

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    • Duker

       /  February 11, 2019

      What did he do in those 40 years , especially the last 10…. did you read the story.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 11, 2019

        Some people catch on that the crime’s not worth the time, but I’d guess that many criminals don’t think that they’ll be caught or they wouldn’t commit the crime. The only ex-bank robber I know decided that it was a mug’s game when he was given a long stretch and has gone straight ever since.

        Arthur Taylor is basically a career criminal, and I suspect that he’ll soon be back in the Big House.

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      • Trevors_Elbow

         /  February 11, 2019

        Nice one Arthur

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    • Socred

       /  February 12, 2019

      Ha ha ! His “girlfriend” had little to do with Arthur’s success , although she has had paralegal training and helped him in Court in the “strip search” case as a Court appointed McKenzie Friend. .
      As one of his “outside” team over the past 7 years , I can assure you the vast bulk of the legal work , document preparation and strategy was done personally by Arthur Taylor . He only ever used outside lawyers to “fire the Bullets” in Court where Court rules insisted on it . He wasn’t popular with some lawyers he used because he would hold them to the same high standard as himself & most were unable to meet it. I have personally seen letters from QC’s and law professors & even a retired High Court Judge congratulating him on the exceptionally high standard of his work. He is excellent at both case preparation AND courtroom delivery and has appeared in probably every courts or tribunals there is from Disputes to Supreme Court and he USUALLY WINS . The late Sir Peter Williams QC once sent a card via me reading “To Arthur . The best jailhouse lawyer New Zealand ever had” . Anyone who doubts his success rate only has to look up his cases on nzlii.org . Most of the are called “Taylor vs Attorney General” .

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