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
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
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.
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
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
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/
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.
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
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.
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.