If you do not have your day in court, there is always the court of public opinion.
Not to mention trial by media, and the public declare 'guilty as charged!'
Today, Newstalk ZB had little else to discuss, even if after a while, the listeners were getting sick of the subject. But many seemed angry at the way Veitch seems to have tried buying his way out of trouble, with nothing short of a six-figure bribe.
Naturally, he got the Tui treatment, and I expect Veitch will be a figure of ridicule for many weeks to come. If he's not going to be in a public court, we may as well have him sit in the public stocks where we can laught at and throw rotten barbs at him. There again, it's all he deserves, and more. But I guess after a year or two when people have forgotten about the incident, the Chick Basher, subject to suitable mea culpa and atonement, will be able to slip quietly back onto our airwaves. Should he?