David Bain should get nothing

David Bain is pushing hard for compensation.

He should get nothing.

David Bain’s legal team has been in confidential discussions with the Minister of Justice over his bid for compensation.

A judicial settlement conference was held at the High Court at Auckland today in relation to the redress Mr Bain is seeking after spending 13 years behind bars for the murder of his family in 1995. Mr Bain was later acquitted at a retrial.

The meeting between Mr Bain’s legal team, including Michael Reed QC and former All Black Joe Karam, and lawyers representing Justice Minister Amy Adams, was held ‘in chambers’, meaning media could not report on proceedings.

Media were also barred from sitting in on the conference, held before Justice John Faire.   

Mr Bain’s representatives remained tight-lipped after the meeting, declining to comment on what happened or reveal anything that was discussed.

Long-time Bain supporter Mr Karam said: “Judicial settlement conferences, by their nature, are completely confidential, so apart from saying I was there, I can’t say anything else.”

Mr Reed QC, confirmed the meeting was “completely private”, and he was “not permitted to say anything”.

The compensation bid has hit a number of obstacles since Mr Bain first asked for redress from the Government in 2010.

If he gets anything more than $1 it will be a travesty .

All that has been proved is that if you put on a performance for a jury years after the event and mount a very public campaign to undermine justice you can actually convince 12 fools.

Amy Adams needs to stay strong on this…if she caves it will cost her politically…in a major way.


– NZ Herald

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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.