Gordon Wood Action for Alleged Malicious Prosecution by the NSW Government commenced in the NSW Supreme Court Today
There is a small news item on page 2 of today's The Australian advising that Gordon Wood's legal action against the NSW Government begins in the NSW Supreme Court today, Monday 20 February 2017. Mr Wood was acquitted in 2012 after serving three years in jail for allegedly throwing his girlfriend Caroline Byrne off Sydney suicide spot The Gap in June 1995.
The transcript of the High Court's decision on Friday 10 February 2017 (before Kiefel CJ and Nettle J) to grant Fritz Van Beelen leave to appeal against his murder conviction in SA is now available: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-10/frits-van-beelen-wins-right-to-appeal-40yo-murder-conviction/8259228. See my previous blog from Friday 10 February 2017.
Application for special leave to appeal in the 1971 South Australian murder case of Frits Van Beelen will be heard by the High Court today in Adelaide. The case could assist in the interpretation of futher right to appeal cases. Further right to appeal legislation currently exists in only South Australia and Tasmania.
Have just finished reading a very insightful book on Roger Rogerson ("The Dodger") by former NSW Police detective Duncan McNab (Roger Rogerson: From Decorated Policeman to Convicted Criminal - The Inside Story Hachette Australia 2016). I know Duncan from my policing days with the NSW Police in the 1980's. (We also both had the opportunity of working at the Mona Vale police station on Sydney's Northern Beaches).
Just read a book review by Dr James Robertson in the latest Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences 2017 Vol.49 No.2 234-235. The book is entitled DNA Evidence in the Australian Legal System by Marcus Smith Lexis Nexis Butterworths 2015. See https://store.lexisnexis.com.au/product?product=dna-evidence-in-the-australian-legal-system&meta_F_and=9780409343267
As a person with a strong interest in justice and a particular passion in relation to miscarriages of justice, I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Dr Michael Chamberlain’s recent death.
I was very interested to read an "Invited Editorial Commentary" by Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde OAM, the Director of the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS), in the latest Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences (Vol.49 No.1, 1-8).
The 2 day inquest in Brisbane into the outstanding issues in the Daniel Morcombe kidnapping/murder case, including the adequacy of the early response of police and the subsequent investigation, has now been adjourned. I will report on the findings of the Coroner when they become available. See http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/daniel-morcombe-inquest-police-response-to-daniels-disappearance-inadequate/news-story/abe533b81da6258b0f6ad844a16930b0
The inquest into the tragic death of Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe will resume in Brisbane today, 14 December 2016. Daniel's parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, who have worked tirelessly to improve child safety over the years, called on Queensland State Coroner Terry Ryan to resume the case earlier this year in the hope that an examination into "blunders" could improve police processes. See http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/inquest-into-death-of-daniel-morcombe-resumes-to-resume-in-brisbane-on-wednesday/news-story/ff82152362f559e4bcc6da1ebfd47435
I now know way too much about body decomposition, flies and maggots. Last night I attended the final Tasmanian Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) meeting for the year at the Menzies Institute in the Hobart CBD. The guest speaker was forensic entomologist, Professor Ian Dadour, now of Boston University. I have known Ian for many years, through his previous role at the University of WA.