It’s reported that former local tax lawyer Judith Collins reckons the internationally-respected former Canadian Supreme Court judge’s report on compensation for David Bain is wrong on law, contains assumptions based on incorrect facts, and "lacked a robustness of reasoning used to justify its conclusions.”
I say that’s bullshit.
I say the reason she won’t make Justice Binnie’s report public is because it will be patently obvious everything she says about it is bullshit.
I say the reason she’s not taken the report's recommendation to grant compensation—the only reason—is nothing to do with Justice Binney’s alleged errors in law, and everything to do with the public’s overwhelmingly negative reaction to David Bain getting compensation.
She’s a politician. She couldn’t care less about the law. But she does care about the public.
But the public should get over themselves. The public, who overwhelmingly mistrust David Bain, should realise nonetheless that a jury in our highest court of law found him not guilty after thirteen years in prison for a(nother) case the police bungled, and he’s entitled to compensation for wrongful imprisonment.
And she should say that.
And she should stop impugning someone who I have no doubt knows the law vastly better than she does.