Political commentator and blogger Martyn Bradbury on Friday afternoon told the court that Jordan Williams was “manipulative” and akin to a “venomous spider”.
Bradbury had the jury in fits of laughter as he also explained his disdain for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.
“Loathe is not strong enough a word,” he said.
His descriptions prompted Williams’ lawyer Peter McKnight to suggest Bradbury was being “flippant”.
Bradbury gave evidence of Williams’ character and criticised his relationship with Slater.
Williams’ leaking information about Craig to Slater was for Williams’ “own political ends”, Bradbury thought.
He approved of the circulation of Craig’s leaflet which called Williams dishonest.
“As far as I was concerned, I thought the leaflet was an appropriate response to a pack of political sadists,” Bradbury said.
“I think this [trial is] an angry fight between two people who don’t like each other much. It’s very, very important for the jury to find the truth in this.”
As I suggested at the time the Jury returned their verdict, this fiasco of a case has resulted in the Judge throwing it out as a miscarriage of justice.
I was involved in this defamation trial so was front row for most of this and it very much shook my faith in our Jury system. When I sat down in front of that Jury I suddenly realised that for most of them this was the most important thing any of them had ever been involved in.
Which in of itself was deeply concerning.
None of them knew who bloody Jordan Williams was, all they knew was that mean old Colin Craig had sexually harassed poor Rachel MacGregor.
It didn’t seem to occur to any of the Jury that this was a defamation case by Jordan against Colin. I was there to point out that a political sadist like Williams deserved everything plus the kitchen sink being thrown at him. The Jury however seemed to miss crucial things like how there wasn’t much basis in fact for the majority of the allegations used against Colin Craig and that Williams had clearly breached faith with Rachel MacGregor…
 Of note, Ms MacGregor did not assert that Mr Craig had ever sent her any sexually explicit text (“sext”) messages. Nor was there any documentary or other evidence of such messages.
 On 19 November 2014, two months after her resignation, Ms MacGregor told Mr Williams, an acquaintance of hers, that Mr Craig had sexually harassed her. Sheshowed MrWilliams the letters and cards that MrCraig had sent to her. MrWilliams assured Ms MacGregor and her lawyer that he would keep this information as confidential as if he were her lawyer.2
 Mr Williams formed the view, as a result of what Ms MacGregor had told him, that Mr Craig was not fit to continue to lead the Conservative Party. In early 2015 he spoke to various leading figures associated with the Party, including GarthMcVicar (the founder of the Sensible Sentencing Trust), Brian Dobbs (the Party Chairman), and Lawrence Day (a board member). He expressed his concerns regarding Mr Craig and variously told them that there was likely to be a leadership vacancy in the Party, that Mr Craig had sexually harassed Ms MacGregor, and that he had sent sext messages to Ms MacGregor, including one that referred to him lying between her naked legs.
…did everyone read that? No sext messages, and Williams tells MacGregor that he wouldn’t tell anyone else what she had confided in him as if he were her own lawyer and what did he then go onto do? Breach that confidence and seeded a political coup against Colin.
This in of itself should have told the Jury that Colin couldn’t have defamed Jordan because Jordan was acting in the exact way Colin was claiming he was acting.
But the Jury didn’t listen to that and came up with this absurd verdict instead.
The media coverage of the case was as much a farce as the verdict. What so many mainstream corporate journalists couldn’t understand was that if the Williams decision had been allowed to stand it would change defamation law in this country forever, the threshold for what could be considered defamation was lowered to a level by this ruling that would have reshaped comment in NZ for the next decade.
Christ only knows how this part of it all pans out, but it does spell doom for Cameron Slater. Under the radar, Colin has crushed hard right blogger John Stringer into a small slimy paste in their defamation case and the next one lined up is Cameron.
Poor Cam must be almost on suicide watch now, because he used a lot of Stringer’s baseless allegations and was hoping the Williams verdict might protect him as well, now Stringer has been destroyed and Williams verdict cast aside, there ain’t no where for Cammy to hide.