Where in the world is Joe Karam?
Need I ask? Well, yes, actually, I do. The compensation bid has reached its final pinnacle and there is not a word from Joe Karam. In the past we have had Third Degree docos and Judicial Reviews in the lead up to Balance of Probability reports being released by distinguished overseas judges. Callinan's report has not been made public, but we do know that he has finished and handed it in. We have no idea what it says. Surely Joe Karam has read it, if he is still David Bain's primary advocate.
If he is still David Bain's primary advocate? Even that we don't know, given the scant amount of reporting on Bain's fate in the last six months Karam may as well have given up the ghost and shifted to greener pastures. It is certainly outside his character to not be making a public announcement in support of David Bain at this time. Eg "David Bain's daughter/son is now walking and says 'Dada'" or "It is a travesty of justice that Bain has not been paid out for his 'wrongful imprisonment'".
Meanwhile Callinan's report remains collecting dust in the bottom drawer of Amy Adam's desk. A pallid layer of legal fog appears to have fallen over the entire compensation deal. It's like something has gone wrong somewhere with some aspect of it and no one wants to touch it, not reporters, not politicians, not bloggers - not publicly anyway. Meanwhile the private world is swirling with rumours, some "highly defamatory and derogatory". The Bain compensation bid threatens to end with a whimper, either that or with a magnificent legal bang, and I mean magnificent, sensational. It could be a bang bigger than any single legal bang in the country's history, resounding for weeks and months as people pick up the pieces. Somewhere in the middle of this it is hoped that Robin Bain will be fully exonerated with any criminality associated with the murders of his family members and that will close a sordid chapter in NZ legal history.