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Craig 'wasted court's time': Judge

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig's copyright lawsuit has been thrown out by a judge who said it was "vexatious" and a "waste of the court's time".

Mr Craig took WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater for publishing his poem Two of Me on his blog.

The poem was written to Mr Craig's former secretary who later accused him of sexual harassment.

For each month Mr Slater had the poem on WhaleOil, Mr Craig sought $3000, along with a retraction and apology, and damages; a total claim of $15,000.

Mr Craig also sought $8000 in general and punitive damages from the Taxpayers Union founder Jordan Williams, who supplied Slater with a copy of the poem.

Judge Mary Beth Sharp called Craig's lawsuit against Slater and Williams "vexatious" and "improper" and a "deception perpetrated on the court" at the Auckland District Court on Tuesday.

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