Chris Cairns wins and still loses



The former New Zealand cricketer was cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice on Monday after jury deliberations that lasted for just over 10 hours.

Cairns was charged in relation to a 2012 libel trial against former Indian cricket boss Modi.

In that case, Cairns stated that he “never, ever cheated at cricket”, and Modi’s Twitter post that claimed he was a match fixer had damaged his reputation.

Cairns won the libel action.

In a statement released by Modi’s lawyers immediately following the not guilty decision, he said he was looking at his legal options.

“I am aware of the verdict at Southwark Crown Court. As you know I am limited in what I can say as I am restricted by the injunction put in place following the 2012 libel trial,” the statement read.

“I will consider how this affects my own civil claim against Mr Cairns in due course.”

Whaleoil ran regular polls to see our readers’ mood on this case, and in the end more than 90% felt that Cairns was guilty.  The jury clearly didn’t think the evidence was compelling enough.

But it hardly leaves Cairns in the clear.  Not only does he still face a possible private prosecution, the judge in this case arguably went so far out of his way to paint Lou Vincent as unreliable, it will be reviewed closely for any opportunity to see if the rules weren’t followed.

New Zealand Cricket is saying little after Chris Cairns was cleared of perjury.

A jury found former Black Caps allrounder Cairns not guilty of perjury charges and perverting the course of justice, ending a nine-week trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

In a short statement, NZC said it “acknowledges” the verdict but is reluctant to comment further.

Better to let sleeping dogs lie I guess.

One way or another, Cairns may still face more court time.

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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.