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Greg King, RIP

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Greg King, R.I.P.

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On TV3 tonight; the shocking news that lawyer Greg King was found dead, by his car.

Our household first became aware of  Mr King on now-defunct TVNZ7’s “The Court Report“, where in half an hour he would explain the arcane workings of our justice system in ways that Joe and Jane Citizen could understand.

His personable approach made the legal system intriguing as well as  easy to comprehend.

Mr King has since appeared elsewhere in the media, explaining his approach to high-profile cases, and further explaining in considered, patience that even the most dubious-appearing individuals deserved a fair go in our Courts.

He was a cool intellect and logic personified. One could feel a keen mind at work, during our brief glimpses of him on our television screens.

This blogger never met Mr King in person, but through his media appearances one got the feeling that he was a decent bloke, and one whose personality would have made him an iconic name in the years ahead.

My condolences go out to his family…

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  1. Alastair
    3 November 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Despite some of the uncharitable things being said about him five minutes after his death I actually quite liked the guy. I’m pretty sure it was him who facilitated the “what’s your verdict” series on Inside New Zealand a few years ago which was extremely fascinating.

    • 3 November 2012 at 8:31 pm

      It’s a shame that some folk are like that. It shows a closed mind and easy to leap to judgement…

      I got the feeling he was a likeable, intelligent fellow. Our household was shocked when we heard the news, Alastair…

  2. 3 November 2012 at 8:37 pm

    How did he die what were the circumstances of his death frank??? just got home tv bunged

  3. 3 November 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Was it a natural death or murder ??

    • 3 November 2012 at 8:43 pm

      No news on that yet, Toko. All we heard on TV3 was that he was found beside his car (near his home, I think). The police say there are no suspicious circumstances and have referred it to the Coroner.

      I’m guessing… heart attack? Stroke? He was suffering from diabetes.

  4. Alastair
    3 November 2012 at 8:43 pm

    It’s not believed to be suspicious, but I don’t think it would be fair to speculate beyond that.

  5. 3 November 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Ok

  6. Clive @ large
    3 November 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I agree Alastair, he was a good guy. Whatever we thought of his clients doesn’t matter. King did his job professionally and thats all that counts.

    I watched him on THE COURT REPORT a few times as well and thought he explained things incredibly well.

    Rest in peace, Mr King.

  7. 3 November 2012 at 8:59 pm

    He suffered from diabetes. May be linked.

  8. 3 November 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I met Greg and interviewed him for the Taupo Times (in ’07 or ’08) and your assessment of Greg’s intellect,Frank, is correct.My household never received TV7 but when I saw it, the programme which impressed me was the Court Report, which Greg. ran. His death is a huge loss to the cause for social justice and the cause of liberty, both of which he believed in. I can tell you he was difficult to interview (from a journalistic viewpoint) because he spoke quickly, everything he said was important and needed to be noted; he was very precise, and and he skipped from one related idea to another – although all on topic and in context. n fact, I was planning a more in-depth interview and was thinking about it during the past week before finding out the news on stuff.co. , this evening. He was also, warm,pleasant, and gentlemanly. There’s a lot more I could say but he truly believed in justice and the importance of the State proving guilt beyond reasonable doubt. I interviewed him in his home town,Turangi,which he truly loved.It is very sad.

    • 3 November 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you for that, Tony. I’m glad that my impressions of him were correct, and I agree that his passing will be a huge loss for our country. I feel he had incredible potential about him. Who knows what he might have achieved…

  9. John B
    3 November 2012 at 9:09 pm

    not really shocking you could expects it for most lawyers ,like politicians

  10. Alan Benton
    3 November 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Yep. He also did a lot of work on Court Report, as far as I see it that was some very instructive lessons on the workings of the system that people needed to know. Say what you like about him, it’s not the sort of thing people ought to be crowing about. As he himself said, it’s at the point where whatever one thinks of people who are criminals, that has nothing to do with ignoring any due process. And due process was something he was quite adamant about pursuing. Something, I might add, he was also frequently pointing out as having not been followed in a lot of so-called justice in this country.

    I would have loved to have heard his views on the fiasco this country has been put through regarding the shambles of the GCSB.

    We won’t get that. Mainly because … TVNZ 7 was cut by a government who is not interested in such things, and further, stipulated their opinion of that channel as being for snot nosed elitist know it alls in their opinion.

    Bit shocked it happened in my suburb, basically down the road.

  11. David Small
    4 November 2012 at 12:46 am

    A shocking and sad loss. I think the most lasting impression of him in most NZers minds will be the Scott Guy murder case which was quite an astonishing one. According to polls, the vast majority of people thought he should have been found guilty. But with the evidence before the court, any defence lawyer in the country should have got him off. A great case for a lawyer’s reputation.

  12. Theodore
    4 November 2012 at 8:10 am

    He stood out as a free-thinker and willing to defend the worst in our society. Courageous as well as brilliant, he’ll be sorely missed.

    • Paul Carruthers
      4 November 2012 at 9:47 am

      The emotional price you pay for having principles and defending basic rights in New Zealand is far, far too high. No one should have to pay such a heavy price.

      The haters and rednecks who abuse people for defending fundamental principles of the Bill of Rights in this country should hang their empty bloody heads in shame.

      Every time they open their filthy, vile mouths and spew forth their despicable rhetoric, they mock and disrespect the men and women who died fighting for those very same rights for all of us in previous world wars.

      Such people are nothing but a cancer in society, a cancer for which people like Greg King were the cure.

      The fact that he stood against those who would demand others be stripped of their equal rights before the law is a testament to his courage and a statement that his life mattered. RIP Greg King. New Zealand is worse off without you.

  13. Priss
    4 November 2012 at 11:37 am

    After the Scott Guy murder trial, I was really peed of at the Not Guilty verdict and had a few things to say about juries and our justice system. Then I heard Greg King explain how the system worked and why and though I still wasn’t happy I had a better understanding of how and why things happened.

    He definitely had a knack of explaining things with such clarity.

    I agree with sentiments above; this is a loss for for family and our country as well.

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