Berrymans' lawyer mortgages house to pay fine for seeking justice
Several years ago an embattled Adrian Chisholm placed an ad in the paper: "Honest and a 'lawyer?" said the ad, "then we need you." Two lawyers phoned, one of whom had been disbarred. The other was retired. That's how rare is the breed that was being sought.
Rob Moodie is one of that rare and esteemed breed. For years he has pursued justice for former farmers Keith and Margaret Berryman who, through collusion and cover-up and political legerdemain, have lost nearly everything they own -- and just recently he was forced to mortgage his home to pay a $5000 fine and $32,000 in costs awarded to the Crown after he was found guilty of contempt of court for publishing the army's 'Butcher Report' on on the Internet -- the army's own suppressed report that pointed to their culpability in the whole affair.
Poneke offers much of the story and a suitable tribute to the spirited Mr Moodie here. (And here's Rob Moodie's own website, which I'd like to think should shortly have details of how to send financial donations to help him out. If not, I wonder If someone might like to start such a project?)
UPDATE: A trust has been in existence for some years for financial donations. It is the Berryman Moodie Trust, National Bank Taupo. The Account number is 060429 - 0222810 - 00. Donations can be made online, or at any National Bank.
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