Are we handing over our justice system to activist journalists?

With the news this morning that Judith Collins is seeking advice into holding an inquiry into the case of twice convicted Teina Pora I have to wonder if we aren’t handing over our justice system to a bunch of crusading journalists hell bent on an “outcome”.

Justice Minister Judith Collins is seeking advice on whether to hold an independent inquiry into the Teina Pora case.

Pora was convicted in 1994 of the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in her home. He was convicted again in a retrial in 2000; however new expert evidence suggests he may have been convicted on a false confession.

An increasing number of experts and some former senior police believe he is innocent. 

Witness the media fawning over David Bain and Kim Dotcom and now the Teina Pora case.

Look at Paula Penfold’s Facebook page and wonder no more that this isn’t a campaign aided and abetted by the media.

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Why is it that the media create and maintain these high profile cases, jump on the collective bandwagon and force extra-judicial results.

The Teina Pora case clearly involves a campaign, media lobbying and hectoring, all for a twice convicted scumbag. It beggars belief that our journalists have taken to crusading on behalf of crims and assorted scum.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.