TV3 are advertising a new documentary called The Smoking Gun that will screen on Wednesday 26 June at 8.30pm.  This documentary comes about a month before the judicial review into the Minister of Justice's very public rejection of Justice Binnie's report for David Bain in relation to his compensation bid.  There is no indication as to what this smoking gun is but the programme is being presented by Melanie Reid who has a history of creating media events that are supportive of David Bain's case.

News of the Defamation case in the Herald as a result of media release sent out yesterday.

Also ODT

The defamation case will be heard in the High Court in Auckland on 14 October 2013.

The media release is here



The defamation trial of Joe Karam vs Parker and Purkiss is to be held at the High Court in Auckland starting on 14 October 2013 and going for three weeks.   The trial is to be held before a judge only.  Joe Karam is represented by Michael Reed and both Parker and Purkiss will be representing themselves.

The legal action taken by Karam against the two Justice for Robin Bain (JFRB) group members consists of four actions:

The Bain defence team and the Minister of Justice are at loggerheads over where to hold the judical conference scheduled for July this year.  Michael Reed, acting for David Bain has requested Auckland, while Kristy McDonald, acting for the Minister, has requested Wellington. Michael Reed works for an Auckland based law firm.  Judith Collins is MP for Clevedon which is in South Auckland.

It has just been revealed that the cost of the review of Justice Binnie's report made by Robert Fisher was more than $200,000 including the costs of a barrister and a law clerk, who is in a relationship with Mr Fisher.  There is a bit of controversy over the payment of $100 an hour to Kate Tomlie, the law clerk, who has a degree in commerce, and Michael Reed questions the judgment of Fisher employing someone he is in a relationship with. 

David Bain's case against Justice Minister Judith Collin's handling of his bid for compensation will be back in court in July. Meanwhile, the compensation bid process will be on hold making it very unlikely that it will be resolved this year.

In a recent poll done by a Fairfax Media-Ipsos the sample tested returned a result of 40% believing that David Bain was wrongly imprisoned.  60% think he should be given compensation, which indicates that a large chunk of 20% of the population who maybe don't have an opinion on whether or not he was wrongly imprisoned still think he should be compensated.  The government regulation is clear that a person can only be compesated if they are found to be innocent on the balance of

Cabinet has agreed to a formal request from David Bain to delay its consideration of his application for compensation for claimed wrongful conviction and imprisonment, says Justice Minister Judith Collins.

“Mr Bain is not entitled to any compensation as his application falls outside Cabinet guidelines. The process for considering Mr Bain’s application and any decision regarding compensation is entirely at Cabinet’s discretion.

According to the Otago Daily Times, Joe Karam claims that the Bain defence team is working pro bono.  Karam estimates, that they have done $400,000 worth of work since the compensation claim was lodged in 2010.  Karam does not say whether or not it includes his time as well, although in this audio, he indicates that he is working for nothing as well.