A pilot for a podcast series about justice for Radio New Zealand
The ultimate aim of this project is to create a regular programme on Radio New Zealand exploring justice issues. The programme will tell the stories of people who seek justice and reflect on what these stories tell us about the content and processes of law and ourselves.
The pilot is about the police’s “Mr Big” technique. This technique is an elaborate sting operation that recruits a (usually) murder suspect into a mock criminal organisation where all the members are undercover police who try to extract a confession.
The podcast will focus on the most recent Mr Big case, involving David Lyttle, which goes to trial in September 2019. Lyttle confessed to murder during the sting, and explained where the body was. But it wasn’t there. Many parts of Lyttle’s confession are demonstrably wrong; other parts are consistent with the crime scene. It’s fascinating to ponder whether Lyttle committed the murder. But the main focus of the podcast will be questions such as:
“I want to tell compelling stories about people’s search for justice – stories that move us, and help us understand something bigger about the justice system, about the meaning of justice, and about us.”
$25,000 for work in 2018 and 2019
About Steven Price
Steven is a barrister, lecturer and freelance journalist. He teaches at Victoria University of Wellington’s law school. He has a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Journalism from UC Berkeley, where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship. He has acted for Nicky Hager, and in a range of media law cases before the courts and Broadcasting Standards Authority, and has substantial experience in broadcasting, including as the reporter and occasional host for TV7’s The Court Report and as a legal commentator on RNZ’s Nine to Noon.