Program for Miscarriage of Justice Forum in Adelaide 24-25 November 2017

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 26 October 2017 | 0 Comments

The program for the Flinders University Miscarriage of Justice forum in Adelaide from 24 to 25 November 2017 is taking shape. See http://netk.net.au/FlindersSymposium2/Program.pdf

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Proposal for a Criminal Cases Review Commission in NZ

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 26 October 2017 | 0 Comments

There has been a surprise inclusion in the Labour-NZ First Coalition agreement under Law and Order: Establish a Criminal Cases Review Commission. See https://yournz.org/2017/10/25/criminal-cases-review-commission-2/

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AICD Essential Director Update Hobart 24 October 2017

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 24 October 2017 | 0 Comments

As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a qualification highly valued in the corporate governance environment, I always make a point of attending the annual AICD Essential Director Update.

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Dean Strang on "Beyond Guilt or Innocence: Broader Lessons from Making a Murderer" at UTAS Monday 9 October 2017

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 12 October 2017 | 0 Comments

I attended this event at UTAS Sandy Bay campus on Monday night (see my earlier blog posting). It was very well attended with hundreds of attendees. Dean Strang, who co-represented Steven Avery at his trial, gave a 1.5 hour presentation (with time for questions) on broad issues such as impoverishment from various perspectives. He spoke of cautionary tales for Australia with what is occurring in the US and touched on rates of incarceration and length of sentences. He spoke of some of the issues that may have attracted so many people to the Netflix series such as the fact that it was an entirely  "white" persons' story in a regional/country area. It did not involve race issues in a big city of America.

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Flinders University Miscarriages of Justice Forum 24-25 November in Adelaide

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 5 October 2017 | 0 Comments

I am delighted to be speaking at the Miscarriages of Justice symposium hosted by Flinders University in Adelaide from Friday 24 November to Saturday 25 November 2017. The forum has been organised by Dr Bob Moles and Associate Professor Bibi Sangha.

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Making a Murderer Lawyer Dean Strang to Speak at UTAS on Monday 9 October 2017

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 4 October 2017 | 0 Comments

As a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) I was notified yesterday that the University of Tasmania has organised a public talk by lawyer Dean Strang at 6 pm on Monday 9 October 2017 at the Stanley Burbury Theatre at the Sandy Bay campus.

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DNA in the Dock: How Flawed Techniques Send Innocent People to Prison

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 2 October 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Bill Rowlings from Civil Liberties Australia for the link to this 2 Ocober 2017 article from The Guardian.  See here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/02/dna-in-the-dock-how-flawed-techniques-send-innocent-people-to-prison

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NZ Miscarriage of Justice Case of Teina Pora - $2.5 million Compensation Payment to Be Increased to Allow for Inflation

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 14 September 2017 | 0 Comments

Teina Pora, who spent nearly 22 years in prison after he was convicted in 1994 for the killing and rape of Susan Burdett in Auckland two years before, has won a challenge in the NZ High Court to have his $2.5 million compensation payment increased to allow for inflation. See http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/338261/court-rules-for-teina-pora-in-compensation-battle

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Anchoring or Tunnel Vision?

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 14 September 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks once again to Mr Bill Rowlings OAM of CLA for drawing this medical journal article from The Lancet to my attention. The article is entitled "Anchors Aweigh" and covers the issue of anchoring or cognitive bias in medicine. The concept is very similar to the phenomenon of "tunnel  vision" which has often been found to be present in police investigations involving miscarriages of justice. A summary of the September 2017 article is as follows:

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A Criminal Cases Review Commission Style Body for WA?

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 14 September 2017 | 0 Comments

I was very pleased to read that the WA Labor Party State conference had endorsed a Criminal Cases Review Committee style body for that jurisdiction, similar to the body that exists in the UK and elsewhere. The issue was reported in the latest Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) monthly newsletter dated 1 September 2017. The publication stated:

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