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From: Ross Francis

Dear Andrew Little,

On 10 March 2000, then-Justice Minister Phil Goff announced that a ministerial inquiry would be established into the Peter Ellis case. Former Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum was chosen to chair the inquiry. Please provide me with all information and advice about the selection of Sir Thomas. Was Crown Law or any other agencies consulted about the selection of Sir Thomas? Was Phil Goff informed about Sir Thomas' relationship with the Ellis trial judge, Justice Neil Williamson? (In 1997, Sir Thomas said Williamson was a "model judge" who had conducted "many of the most difficult trials of his time", and "did so impeccably".)

On 8 March 2001, Phil Goff informed the Governor-General that Peter Ellis’ application for a pardon should be declined. He repeated Sir Thomas Eichelbaum’s (false) claims that both experts, Professor Davies and Dr Sas, “independently reached the view that the children’s evidence in the conviction cases was reliable” and “allegations arising from the [conviction children’s] later interviews did not generally form the subject of charges”. Goff also claimed, wrongly, that “the jury was fully aware of the bizarre allegations made by some of the children”.

Please send me all communication to and from Phil Goff's office abut the Ellis case between 1 January 2001 and 30 April 2001.

Yours faithfully,

Ross Francis

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From: Ross Francis

Dear Andrew Little,

Please note that I have an additional question pertaining to this request: did officials draft a letter for Mr Goff before he wrote to the Governor General of 8 March 2001? If so, please supply me with a copy of any draft(s).

Yours faithfully,

Ross Francis

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Thank you for contacting the office of Hon Andrew Little MP, Minister of
Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi
Negotiations, Minister Responsible for the NZSIS, Minister Responsible for
the GCSB and Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry.

 

Minister Little receives a significant volume of correspondence:

 

o If your message is for Minister Little’s advice, or if you have copied
your email to another Minister and/or Member of Parliament with more
appropriate portfolio responsibilities, then this will be noted,
o If you have invited Minister Little to an event then a member of staff
may contact you for more information if the Minister’s attendance
might be possible,
o If you have made a request for official information then this will be
manged in accordance with the provisions of the Official Information
Act 1982, which may include transfer to a more relevant Minister or
agency,
o If you have made a request under the Privacy Act then this will be
managed in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1993,
which may include transfer to a more relevant Minister or agency,
o If you are a journalist then your request will be triaged by a press
secretary,
o To find out more about Minister Little read his [1]biography or recent
[2]statements.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Office of Hon Andrew Little MP
Reception +64 4 817 8707 | Ministerial Email
[3][Andrew Little request email] | Web [4]beehive.govt.nz | Postal Freepost
Parliament, Private Bag 18 041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

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