Tendency Evidence in ACT Murder Appeal

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 4 May 2016 | 0 Comments

Aleksander Vojneski is appealing his conviction and life sentence for the stabbing murder of Paula Conlon in the ACT in 2012. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/aleksander-vojneski-appeals-conviction-and-life-sentence-for-paula-conlon-murder-20160502-gojy3y

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Lucille Butterworth Inquest: Fndings Handed Down Monday 2 May 2016 by Coroner Simon Cooper

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 3 May 2016 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, Monday 2 May 2016, I attended the Hobart Magistrate's Court at midday to hear the handing down of the findings into the Lucille Butterworth matter by Coroner Simon Cooper. The findings can be located here: http://www.magistratescourt.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/344833/Butterworth,_Lucille.pdf

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WCEI Fellowship Dinner Monday 2 May 2016 with Carmel Robertson ABC Tasmania News Editor

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 2 May 2016 | 0 Comments

Tonight, Monday 2 May 2016, I am attending a Women Chiefs of Enterprises International (WCEI) fellowship dinner with guest speaker Ms Carmel Robertson, News Editor with the ABC. Members will also be receiving an important update report from State President, Ms Ros Cardinal.

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Miscarriage of Justice Forum Sydney Law School Thursday 28 April 2016

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 1 May 2016 | 0 Comments

On Thursday 28 April 2016, I attended the "What Can Be Done About Wrongful Convictions" forum held at the Sydney University Law School by the Sydney Institute of Criminology. The session involved a panel comprising prominent US experts, Professor Jon Gould and Professor Richard Leo, and leading Australian researchers, Dr Bob Moles and Ms Bibi Sangha from South Australia. The panel was facilitated by Associate Professor David Hamer from Sydney University. See http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventcategoryid=35&eventid=11257

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The UK 1989 Hillsborough Disaster: Jury Finds 96 Liverpool Fans were "Unlawfully Killed"

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 27 April 2016 | 0 Comments

Sad to see that it has taken 27 years for the families of the victims of this disaster to discover the truth of what occurred at an English football game on 15 April 1989.  See http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-26/hillsborough-verdict-jury-says-96-fans-unlawfully-killed/7360586

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Mother Allegedly Drugged Abusive Husband with Poisonous Meatballs

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 19 April 2016 | 0 Comments

With my Pharmacy background, I have always taken a keen interest in toxicology issues in crime and poisoning cases. I have written previous blogs, for instance, on a new book (A is for Arsenic) which examines the use of various poisons in Agatha Christie's novels. See http://www.betterconsult.com.au/blog/a-is-for-arsenic-agatha-christie-and-her-poisoning-deaths/

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The Motherisk Forensic Scandal in Canada - Lessons to Be Learned

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 16 April 2016 | 0 Comments

Following on from my blog yesterday (15 April 2016), I found a very helpful article on the Motherisk scandal in Canada here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/motherisk-experts-forensic-testimony-1.3433881. The article has a range of hyperlinks to various useful articles and a link to the Motherisk report.

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David Eastman Loses Bid to be Retried for the Alleged Murder of Colin Winchester in 1989

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 15 April 2016 | 2 Comments

An article in yesterday's Canberra Times reports that David Eastman has lost his bid to have his re-trial for the alleged shooting murder of AFP Assistant Commissioner, Colin Winchester, stayed. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/eastman-loses-bid-to-prevent-retrial-for-alleged-murder-of-colin-winchester-20160413-go5v9f.html

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Coronial Findings to be Handed Down in Lucille Butterworth 2 May 2016

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 15 April 2016 | 0 Comments

According to the Magistrate's Court website, Coroner Simon Cooper is scheduled to hand down his findings into the Lucille Butterworth inquest at midday on 2 May 2016 at the Hobart Magistrate's Court.

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Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences Event Melbourne 13 April 2016 - Motherisk Review in Canada

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 14 April 2016 | 0 Comments

Last night I attended an Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) event at Victoria University in Melbourne. The presenter was Professor Olaf Drummer, a highly respected pharmacologist and toxicologist from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (see https://www.monash.edu/research/people/profiles/profile.html?sid=1004&pid=2854), who spoke on The Motherisk Review: Outcomes of a Review of a Canadian Laboratory that Led to Miscarriages of Justice.

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