Playing by the rules
Crown lawyers last night stopped TV3's Campbell Live from broadcasting evidence in files prepared by police for Solicitor-General David Collins and leaked to TV3. [...] Lawyers for the accused discovered after 3 News went to air that the files had been leaked. They contacted TV3 and threatened to seek an injunction. [...] Most of the evidence in the files given to the solicitor-general is now either inadmissible or subject to heavy suppression orders.
"It would have to be a deliberate leak," Ms Sykes said.
"We get out of court and ... suddenly there's a whole file been leaked to a major news outlet. What's that about, when we haven't even got it?"
The leak fuelled fears about the rights of those involved gaining a fair trial.
"I just think it's getting to the point now where it's trial by media."
As noted below the importance of the "terrorism" charge was to prejudice opinion against the accused - whether or not the charges were finally laid or not - they have succeeded in that respect. First they say the law is wrong (!?) and is to blame for why they stuffed up and now some documents that would prejudicially smear the defendants are coincidentally leaked. These are normal police practices. They spent a lot of money and time and resources on this and there are a lot of senior police who have pushed it hard and they want a result or else they are looking at ending their careers monitoring speed cameras in Gore.