Lawless sentencing postponed
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 9:59a.m.
Actor Lucy Lawless and seven other Greenpeace protesters will now be sentenced in February next year for boarding an oil exploration ship at Port Taranaki.
The activists have admitted a charge of being unlawfully on a ship after they spent 77 hours on a 53m-high tower they scaled aboard the Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki in February.
They were protesting Shell's planned exploration for oil in the Arctic.
The eight were due to be sentenced in New Plymouth District Court this week, but it was put off until February because Greenpeace said Shell had not yet provided the required information for its reparation claim of about $700,00.
The group was originally due to be sentenced on September 14.
The protesters were initially charged with burglary, but pleaded guilty when the lesser charge was laid.
No conviction was entered when they pleaded guilty, giving the sentencing judge the option of discharging the eight without conviction when they appear in court.
Lawless, best-known for her roles in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus, says the protest prompted thousands of people to support the campaign to stop the drilling.
Lawless, who is appearing in court under her married name, Lucy Tapert, will be sentenced along with Raoni Hammer, Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino, Viv Hadlow, Shai Naides, Zach Penman and Ilai Amir.
NZN / 3 News
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1/12/2012 8:39:59 a.m.
I agree with David! Lucy took action on something that she believes in. Other 'celebrities' (hate that word) are all talk, but what Lucy did took guts. If she gets the time then so be it but i hope they're lieniant. Oh and by way she wouldn't have needed to do it for the publicity she's got enough of it in recent times with the TV show Spartacus (which may i add is a brilliant show!)
28/11/2012 9:26:05 a.m.
David Kashfi wrote:
What Lucy did took courage and determination, and certainly an oil spill in the Arctic would harm the environment. However, there are some Christians who do not believe in global warming and if they are right, Lucy's efforts and beliefs will seem less consequential.
23/11/2012 12:24:35 p.m.
I totally agree with Jan. Lucy did the crime so she should do the time. She not only put herself at risk, but others who would have had to come to her assistance if something had gone wrong. And if she got herself injured I guess ACC would have to pick up that tab. I only disagree with Jan on one point. I doubt Lucy did it because she was concerned about the world and the environment. I strongly feely it was more of a case of "I haven't had much publicity lately so I had better do something to get lots of free publicity."
22/11/2012 11:20:06 p.m.
Get with the scam wrote:
Justice delayed is justice denied.
22/11/2012 8:55:13 p.m.
Years ago a person in the public eye used his status to protest against the proposed damming of the Franklin River. Today the area is a pristine environment and a great tourist attraction. We look back and thank him. He was prepared to 'break the law' because believed in something. Some of the folk that settled this continent did so because they broke the law by stealing a loaf of bread for a starving family. It is never cut and dry. In the end , as Xena once said, it doesn't matter where you take a stand as long as you take one. Thank-you Lucy , there are thousands and thousands of us standing with you - all over the world!
22/11/2012 6:21:14 p.m.
Well the longer Shell drag this one out the more publicity for Greenpeace. One positive is, Lucy will be able to keep her appointment with Xena fans at the Xena Convention in CA in Jan 2013. Lucy - they had better not lock you or your mates up cause their are thousand and thousands of us and we will come and get ya!
22/11/2012 10:17:10 a.m.
Tough shit, she did a crime as did the others so they should be convicted. So what if its minor, it cost shell a lot of money which in the end we will pay at the pumps. So she has cost us all. I do know they do this type of stuff because they are concerned about the world, but hey isn't the law the law and she shouldn't be let off because she is a celebrity.
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