Jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor denies supplying meth, elects trial by jury

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Jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor denies supplying meth, elects trial by jury

The prison's attorney Arthur Taylor faces a new series of charges.  (File photo)

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The prison’s attorney Arthur Taylor faces a new series of charges. (File photo)

The prisoners’ high-profile attorney Arthur Taylor has appeared in court on serious drug charges.

Arthur Taylor, a prison attorney and former inmate, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in Dunedin District Court Thursday.

Taylor faces a dozen charges, including the supply of methamphetamine and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), which are believed to be a more potent version of GHB (also known as fantasy or liquid ecstasy). Court documents say the alleged crime took place earlier this year.

Taylor was recalled to jail Saturday after Wellington police filed charges.

His attorney, Anne Stevens QC, said he pleaded not guilty of all charges and chose the jury’s trial.

Judge Phillips put Taylor in custody until Jan. 8 and said he would reconsider his bail at a later date.

Taylor taught himself the law in prison and successfully filed several prisoner rights cases against corrections and the crown.

He opened his own legal business behind bars and successfully prosecuted a prison witness for perjury shortly before he was paroled in 2019.