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Joe Szimhart here.
One week ago I took it upon myself to set up this gofundme account in the USA to assist David McCarthy ease his $42,000+ (NZ) debt accrued while trying to fight a lawsuit by JZ Knight/Ramtha.
For reasons posted elsewhere on EMF, David was forced to "settle" as legal support was not willing to carry on the fight in New Zealand.
My reasons for helping David have nothing to do with him being right for posting video on EMF of a drunken JZ Knight in Ramtha mode making vile, stupid comments.
However, I personally am pleased that he and others took the risk and posted the videos. Anyone that appreciates that David took the risk owes him something, in my view.
Note well: All monies donated to this account go into my checking account in the USA and I will transfer that money directly into the New Zealand Legal Aid Debt, account No: 13443117.
David McCarthy is not handling monies from this fund.
I have been encouraging David to step down from his energetic support of EMF. Health, family, and other interests need his attention, in my view.
Anyone can contact me privately regarding this fund and all things Ramtha.
Thank you for you support.
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This is so very much appreciated.
I requested that all funds be deposited directly to the NZ legal aid debt account.
Joe will also take care of this for me.
I posted on a private Facebook several weeks ago of my intentions.I have been encouraging David to step down from his energetic support of EMF. Health, family, and other interests need his attention, in my view.
I will be making an announcement today on a separate thread regarding placing EMF into 'dry-dock'.
Joe asked me recently....
The fact is... I am still in shock over this, and NO I never expected it.How much of a "surprise" was it that you were billed over 40K?
My Impression was that you did not expect it...
When I first discovered NZ legal aid lawyers and funding was available to me
I really took to heart and trusted what they claimed on their official Government website.
Ok, I'll try not to make this too long winded, and I'll answer questions if anything is unclear.
“Legal aid is government funding to pay for a lawyer for people who cannot afford one, and need one in the interests of justice.
Legal aid is government funding to pay for legal help for people who cannot afford a lawyer.
Legal aid is an important part of New Zealand's justice system.
It helps people to resolve legal problems that may go to court and makes sure that people are not denied justice because they can't afford a lawyer.
People who get legal aid may have to pay a user charge and repay part or all of their legal aid costs.
Here> http://www.justice.govt.nz/services/leg ... /legal-aid ”
My NZ lawyers assured me there was a VERY good chance of winning this lawsuit with cost awards.
They also told me to expect this to go all the way to trial,
Even with the limitations of NZ legal aid funding they would dedicate all their time and resources to defend me and win this lawsuit.
They termed the lawsuit as a 'Rolls Royce litigation' meaning JZK would try to burn me out with legal cost trying to defend myself.
Later they admitted working with legal aid had severe limitations. It was the first time they had dealt with them. I didn't understand the significance and risks until too late.
My lawyers warned me legal aid funding could be pulled if I refused a 'reasonable' JZK settlement offer.
When the settlement offer arrived I refused... I then presented in writing to legal aid why I thought the settlement offer was unreasonable and waited for a response.
Not the least, my lawyers had not even bothered to include no cost awards in the settlement.
My lawyers had informed legal aid they thought JZK's offer was 'reasonable'. They would get paid by legal aid no matter the outcome.
It took Robin Lees the Legal Aid Grants Officer three weeks to respond (apparently he was on holiday)his finally a letter arrived three weeks before the trial date stating my funding has been withdrawn for refusing the plaintiffs reasonable settlement offer.
However, Robin Lees offered to reinstate my funding only on the condition I signed JZK's settlement offer. All this just three weeks before the set trial date.
I ended up negotiating directly with JZK's NZ lawyers and the Judge as my lawyer was too busy
And would only advise me by phone ‘when they could be reached’.
So Yes....I was totally shocked and dismayed. Given I believed the Legal Aid banner and purpose posted on their official Government website. With the monthly interest payments set at 8% my legal aid debt actually increases month by month.
A Government lien has been placed on my home.
Everything is documented and posted on EMF.
Thank you again Joe for initiating this funding drive...
And THANK YOU to all of you that may help me pay off my NZ legal debt
David McCarthy NZ Legal Aid Payments & Debt March 16 2015 - Debate Forum
See: David McCarthy Legal Aid Debt NZ March 2015 PDF Download
NZ Court Documents JZK, Inc. - D McCarthy settlement deed May 2014 PDF
NZ Court Documents JZK Settlement offer March 28 2014 Letter
NZ Court Documents Letter to NZ Legal Aid from my lawyer 26 February 2014
NZ Court Documents David McCarthy response to JZK Settlement Offer March 31
2014 PDF Download
NZ Court Documents NZ Legal Aid Intention to withdraw support PDF Download
NZ Court Documents Questions about my defense and Legal Aid PDF Download
NZ Court Documents David McCarthy Affidavit as referred to in clauses 3.4-3
5 of the Deed d_
Letter to NZ Legal Aid re Plaintiff settlement offer PDF Download