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
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/
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.
Dean Strang on "Beyond Guilt or Innocence: Broader Lessons from Making a Murderer" at UTAS Monday 9 October 2017
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.
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.
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.
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
NZ Miscarriage of Justice Case of Teina Pora - $2.5 million Compensation Payment to Be Increased to Allow for Inflation
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
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:
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: