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Goff unmoved by Ellis petition presentation

Tue 24 Jun 2003 In: New Zealand Daily News

Over 800 signatures were presented in support of an inquiry into the Peter Ellis conviction today on the steps of Parliament, but Justice Minister Phil Goff remains unmoved on the issue, reiterating that he would require new evidence for another inquiry to take place. Mr Goff reminded reporters that there had already been a trial, two Court of Appeal hearings and a ministerial inquiry headed by former chief justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum. "Judicial decisions are made by people with the skill and the experience to do so. They're not made by politicians, they're not made by authors, nor are they made by notable people. But the people who have signed are genuine obviously in their concerns,” he said. "Their petition will be considered in the normal way by the parliamentary process. But my view at this stage is (that) to overturn a judicial decision, reaffirmed on a number of occasions, requires new evidence and that's what we'd want to see presented."    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 24th June 2003 - 12:00pm

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