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The Sentencing Judge: The Life & Trials Of Cameron Mander & The Mosque Murders


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Sentencing the worst mass assassin in New Zealand historical past locations world concentrate on Justice Cameron Mander. But he’s been in that territory earlier than, within the lesser however nonetheless excessive profile Kim Dotcom case when he supplied authorized recommendation on the 2012 raid on the tycoon’s mansion.

However the sentencing of Brenton Tarrant in respect of 51 homicide and 40 tried homicide expenses has targeted world consideration on a case that, because of the single terrorism offence, will safe a first-ever life-without-parole sentence.

Tarrant, a self-confessed white supremacist, pleaded responsible in March to the homicide and ttempted homicide expenses, coming a 12 months after Tarrant attacked folks attending Friday prayers at two mosques with semi-automatic weapons, streaming the shooting reside on Facebook.

During the four-day sentencing listening to on the Christchurch High Court, Judge Cameron Mander will hear statements from 66 survivors of the assault.

The sentencing will even have a standby and assist lawyer aiding the court docket within the sentencing course of.

Cameron Mander’s first position in legislation was working at Parliamentary Services earlier than becoming a member of Wellington Crown Solicitors Luke Cunningham & Clere as employees solicitor. He labored in London for Clifford Chance from 1989 and achieved an LLM from Cambridge earlier than returning to Wellington to rejoin Luke Cunningham & Clere as companion and senior prosecutor.

He moved to Crown Law in 2007, working as Deputy Solicitor-General liable for felony and human rights points, dealing with a spread of issues for the Rules Committee and dealing with the Crown’s illustration earlier than the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine catastrophe in 2011.

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Whilst at Crown Law he additionally turned intertwined within the US efforts to extradite Kim Dotcom (left) from New Zealand, together with involvement within the void warrant used to mount the extremely publicised raid upon the previous tycoon’s Albany mansion.

However the Crown, involving then Solicitor General Justice David Collins and Deputy Solicitor General Justice Mander had overseen the authorized efforts in respect of the Dotcom raid, with the restraining order later being dominated ‘null and void’ by Justice Potter.

For the Tarrant sentencing, Justice Mander has appointed two attorneys to help the court docket, together with an unbiased counsel who could have no contact with Tarrant however will help the court docket on authorized issues referring to the information of the case, together with a ‘standby counsel’ to help the self-represented Tarrant on sentencing issues.


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