Cowardly internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws

Internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life“…. They could soon face up to two years in jail under new laws …..

“No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.”

… it is [currently] an offence to send another person a letter or electronic communication that contains an indecent or grossly offensive message, a threat or information which is false and known or believed by the sender to be false.

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Fraud Office defends difficult prosecution involving acquittal of 2 of 3 SCF chiefs

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is defending its decision to bring charges against three former South Canterbury Finance (SCF) heads after two of the trio were acquitted yesterday.

Former South Canterbury Finance chief executive Lachie McLeod, 50, and former director, accountant Robert White, 70, were found not guilty on all charges by Justice Paul Heath after a long and complex trial.

The pair are now considering legal action against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for bringing the charges.

Former director, lawyer Edward Oral Sullivan, 72, was found guilty on five of nine charges, including making false statements and misuse of a document for pecuniary advantage. [He was director of SCF for 20 years from 23/04/90 to 31/03/10].

The SFO’s director, Julie Read, referred to the difficulties in bringing a case of this nature before the court. “This was a difficult and complex prosecution,” she said. [Read more...]

Bankrupt insurance company boss gets four-and-a-half years jail for fraud

GRANT MALCOLM HERBERT – former insurance company boss – and now a bankrupt – has been jailed for four years and six months after his conviction last month on 24 fraud charges.

Insurance broker Grant Herbert leaves the Auckland District Court. Photo / Dean Purcell

Grant Malcolm Herbert was sentenced in the Auckland District Court. [Photo credit / Dean Purcell. NZ Herald]

Herbert was owner and managing director from 1991 of insurance brokerage Herbert Insurance Group, which collapsed in March 2011.

An investigation by the Serious Fraud Office found that he had received premiums from clients but failed to forward about $2.5 million of it to insurers, having some customers uninsured, the court heard. [Read more...]

John Grisham – novelist – says sorry for child porn remarks

Novelist John Grisham has apologised for saying in an interview with the British Newspaper – The Daily Telegraph, – that many men imprisoned for child pornography offenses in the US probably just had too much to drink and “pushed the wrong buttons.”

Ending Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) interim general manager Debbi Tohill said Grisham’s argument was incorrect.

“Mr Grisham is clearly not taking into account the effect that the use of sexual images of children has on the children who are used for these images.

“His argument is a sad indictment of this.

“Whilst the perpetrators of the physical crimes deserve harsh punishment, as long as demand continues for child sexual abuse images, we will continue to see our most vulnerable children abused and the people who access child pornography need to be held accountable.”

Full story: AP – 17/10/14 See: –

Note: ECPAT Child Alert Trust – also known as ECPAT NZ Inc. – was registered as a New Zealand Charity on 19/02/2010. Reg. No. CC43653. Its website is

“Special Creation or Evolution: No Middle Ground” by David H.Lane

David Lane SPCS
For Enlarged View of VITAL APOLOGETIC ISSUES: Examining Reason and Revelation in Biblical Perspective (Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, 1995). General Editor: Roy B. Zuck.
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When it comes to giving a reasoned defense of one’s faith, it helps to have reliable guidance through the critical issues of apologetics such as philosophical questions regarding the Christian faith or biblical reliability. Vital Apologetic Issues: Examining Reason and Revelation in Biblical Perspective draws upon the insights and study of numerous evangelical scholars and writers to answer crucial questions in the field of Christian apologetics.

Some of the chapters included:

  • “The Nature and Origin of Evil” by Robert D. Culver – Chapter 1.
  • “Biblical Naturalism and Modern Science” by Henry M. Morris – Chapter 5
  • Special Creation or Evolution: No Middle Ground” by David H.Lane - Chapter 9
  • “Theological Problems with Theistic Evolution” by David H. Lane - Chapter 10
  • “Ebla and Biblical Historical Inerrancy” by Eugene H. Merrill – Chapter 13

The Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series draws upon the wisdom and research of dozens of esteemed evangelical scholars and writers to address the many issues and challenges of contemporary living. The articles in this collection were thoughtfully selected by general editor Roy B. Zuck from the hallowed pages of the Bibliotheca Sacra and published to commemorate both the sesquicentennial of the journal’s founding in New York (1843–1993), and its diamond anniversary at Dallas Theological Seminary (1934–1994). The insightful words of the archetypal writers featured in these volumes address questions faced by everyone who sincerely seeks to be more Christ like and to please God.

The articles found in this collection have been selected by Roy Zuck and topically arranged into these twelve volumes. The chapters have been slightly modified for formatting, and are available in their complete and original form as part of the Bibliotheca Sacra which is included in the Theological Journal Library: Volumes 1-10