Ex-Serious Fraud Office chief prosecutor Anita Killeen – accused of an alleged email smear against her former boss – has received a Queen's diamond jubilee SPCA volunteer medal.
In a stunning display of amnesia or ignorance, the latest edition of the New Zealand Law Society magazine, Law Talk, trumpets Ms Killeen's honour without making any reference to her recent court drama.
That is despite the possibility the society may discipline her over the alleged forgery.
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, the SPCA's patron, handed out 116 medals at a Government House ceremony on October 15.
Ms Killeen, an Auckland SPCA board member, established and manages a pro-bono panel of prosecutors for the SPCA.
The 21-strong panel, formed in 2009, includes 13 Queen's Counsel, including Ms Killeen's lawyer Paul Davison.
SPCA president Bob Kerridge told Law Talk: "Ms Killeen's contribution to the SPCA benefitted not only Auckland communities but also those throughout New Zealand."
Ms Killeen could not be contacted for comment.
Law society complaint
As revealed by NBR ONLINE last week, a former Auckland SPCA general manager, David Lloyd-Barker, has complained to the NZ Law Society about Ms Killeen, questioning if she is fit to be a lawyer.
Society communications manager Geoff Adlam would neither confirm nor deny the complaint, but said: "When a lawyer appears before a court, you can be sure that we'll be informed and take the appropriate steps."
Ms Killeen is accused of forging emails – sent to The National Business Review and the New Zealand Herald – in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of SFO director Adam Feeley.
She was charged last November and took High Court action earlier this year to try and keep information from her seized computer from the police.
Known as being fiercely ambitious, Ms Killeen worked for the SFO for seven years before losing her job after restructuring in 2010 and moving to City Chambers.
Ms Killeen no longer works for City Chambers but has an office in the same Shortland Street building.
She next appears in the district court in December, after an earlier hearing was derailed by a district court judges' "community day".