Opinion: Stuff.co.nz have published what appears to be a statement from David Bain and Joe Karam. I assume that an interview did not take place because David Bain giving an interview would be a news item in itself. Rather this article looks like it is the result of a carefully crafted media statement timed perfectly to coincide with the recent publicity surrounding Rochelle Crewe's call for a re-investigation of her parents' murders in the wake of Ian Wishart's boo
I couldn't help but notice this opinion piece by someone calling himself "that guy". I think he is trying to be clever by swapping the word philanthropy for the word philander. Philanthropy as you know is the act of giving stuff away in a selfless and generous manner. Philandery on the other hand is all about sleeping around. So they are more or less on opposite sides of the virtue spectrum. I am sure that the author fully knows well the meaning of the word, yet he l
Opinion: In the wake of calls for a re-investigation of the Crewe murders for which Arthur Allan Thomas was acquitted after serving 9 years for false imprisonment, a barrister has commented on cases where police have been over zealous in their prosecution of justice.
Simon Power has announced some of the new changes as a result of the Criminal Simplification bill that he has been working on for some time. This initial announcement covers jury trials: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10678019
[I have been corrected on a number of items in this post so it has been edited from its original] The Bain retrial lasted some 58 days, or almost 12 weeks. Jury members serve as a matter of duty. They do get paid a nominal $80 or so a day but this is usually no real substitute for their normal wage. Employers often make up the difference, again out of a sense of duty.
Having read all of Davids testimony from the first trial I would have to make the comment that David was rather articulate, and answered questions probably better than the average person, I would certainly not call him a dummy, having said that some of his answers to questions and general comments "black hands etc" do seem a bit strange.
Opinion: In 2007 the Solicitor General made the following public directive regarding the Bain case:
Opinion: On top of creating the most discredited book in NZ History, David and Goliath (what other book has resulted in a 100 page Police Complaints Report outlining all its shortcomings?), Joe Karam can now take the trophy for most disputed retrial verdict. Since the retrial we have had Bryan Bruce's documentary The Case Against Robin Bain and the Laws-Karam debate, not to mention the Justice for Robin Bain group and the counterspin site.