The Bain case was once clear and simple and the original jury had no difficulty in reaching their decision. Since then it has been muddied and obfuscated by a persistent and determined propaganda campaign to declare the original investigation a shambles and to paint Robin Bain as something that he was very unlikely to be. The simple plain truth of the case can be rediscovered by looking at the evidence in an impartial and balanced manner:
Under cross examination in the defamation trial that took place between 14 and 20 October, I undertook to close down counterspin. I then left a message to say that it is closed down permanently and will be removed from the DNS. At the time of taking this action I was under duress. My action was prompted by the evident dislike that Karam and other witnesses for the prosecution took towards opinions made by me and other members of the Justice for Robin Bain Group and, most poignantly, Michael Reed's aggressive cross examination technique. It was not directed by the court; it was a reactive response made during a period of elevated emotional distress.
Most of this site merely discusses the Bain evidence. Karam himself has stated that he does not mind people discussing it. The allegely defamatory content only makes up a very tiny portion of the content on this website and there are contributors, other than me who have spent hours creating content for this site. I owe it to myself and to these other people to republish it, but under newer, stricter rules.
It is impossible to discuss the Bain case without referring to Joe Karam, because he has been so intimately involved in it and because much of the known "evidence" on the Bain case is no more than his interpretation of it. In his books, Karam claims that he is merely reproducing the evidence but he does not see that such "mere reproduction" is impossible and that in the telling of any fact, an author is going to put their own interpretation or spin on it. There is absolutely no doubt that Karam thinks that David Bain is innocent, so from the outset he is prejudiced, and therefore any representations he makes of the evidence are going to be interpreted in a manner which supports this prejudice. This has been seen time and time again, from before the trial to his recent submissions on the marks on Robin's thumb.
Counterspin is being republished with a qualified ban on opinions about Joe Karam, whether they are legally defensible or not. I will allow people to reproduce Karam's interpretation of the evidence and argue against it, but it must be done in a way that does not cast anything but the slightest aspersions against him. It is virtually impossible to argue against someone's interpretation of something without lowering that person in the eyes of a right minded reader. Any negative book review is a potential defamation case.
Of course it remains to be seen what the verdict in the defamation case is.
The date for the defamation trial between Joe Karam and members of counterspin and Justice for Robin Bain is fast approaching. It all happens between 14 October and 1 November this year in the High Court in Auckland.