Wrongful Convictions

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From: Ross Francis

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am making the following request for research purposes.

On 20 July 2005, Sean Buckley – using his Police email account – emailed then-leader of the National Party Don Brash. Mr Buckley’s communication was in relation to Brash’s commitment, if elected, to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the Peter Ellis case. “In my time in the Police”, Mr Buckley wrote, “I have arrested many people for offending of the nature of Mr Ellis and interestingly all stated that they were innocent as is usually the case with people who cannot face up to the horrific crimes they have committed.” He added that he hoped Brash had “perused the investigation file” and that “[i]t would be nice for someone in politics [to] finally stand up and put a stop to the Ellis case”.

To promote greater public participation in the decision-making process, please provide me with a copy Mr Buckley's email and a copy of the investigation file referred to above. What was Mr Buckley’s job title in July 2005? According to Police, what are the causes of wrongful convictions?

Yours faithfully,

Ross Francis

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From: WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah
New Zealand Police

Dear Ross

I refer to your request of 23 June 2019 as below.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982.

Ngā mihi

Hannah Wright-McCarthy
Ministerial Services Advisor
Police National Headquarters

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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Francis,

 

I acknowledge your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below.  It
is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.

 

Kind regards,

Ministerial Services

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From: Ross Francis <[FOI #10591 email]>
Date: 23/06/2019 11:33AM
Subject: Official Information request - Wrongful Convictions

Dear New Zealand Police,
I am making the following request for research purposes.
On 20 July 2005, Sean Buckley – using his Police email account – emailed
then-leader of the National Party Don Brash. Mr Buckley’s communication
was in relation to Brash’s commitment, if elected, to establish a
Commission of Inquiry into the Peter Ellis case. “In my time in the
Police”, Mr Buckley wrote, “I have arrested many people for offending of
the nature of Mr Ellis and interestingly all stated that they were
innocent as is usually the case with people who cannot face up to the
horrific crimes they  have committed.” He added that he hoped Brash had
“perused the investigation file” and that “[i]t would be nice for someone
in politics [to] finally stand up and put a stop to the Ellis case”.
To promote greater public participation in the decision-making process,
please provide me with a copy Mr Buckley's email and a copy of the
investigation file referred to above. What was Mr Buckley’s job title in
July 2005? According to Police, what are the causes of wrongful
convictions?
Yours faithfully,
Ross Francis
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