Miscarriages of Justice in China

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 23 October 2016 | 0 Comments

A very interesting article about capital punishment and miscarriages of justice in China. See https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/22/we-might-abolish-the-death-penalty-in-20-years-he-jiahong-on-justice-in-china?CMP=share_btn_link

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UTAS Event 17 November 2016 on the Role and Ethics of the Government Lawyer

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 18 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Hoping to attend this UTAS event on 17 November 2016 by Dr Gabrielle Appleby on the role and ethics of government lawyers. See http://www.events.utas.edu.au/2016/november/lifting-the-veil-the-role-and-ethics-of-the-government-lawyer

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The Value of Hair in Forensic Investigations - New Developments

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

An article entitled "Hair in place to ID crime culprits" by John Ross appeared at page 9 of The Australian on 8 September 2016.

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Excellent article from the Australian Institute of Criminology on Recent Developments in DNA evidence

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

Came across an excellent article by the Australian Institute of Criminology (Marcus Smith and Monique Mann, November 2015) on Recent Developments in DNA evidence, including significant cases. See http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/501-520/tandi506.html

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The decision of the High Court of Australia in The Queen v Baden-Clay [2016] HCA 35 (31 August 2016)

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 6 September 2016 | 0 Comments

The decision of the High Court of Australia (French CJ, Kiefel, Bell, Keane and Gordon JJ) can be found here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2016/35.html

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High Court Reinstates Gerard Baden-Clay Murder Conviction

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 31 August 2016 | 0 Comments

The reasons for the High Court reinstating Baden-Clay's murder conviction of his wife can be found here: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/publications/judgment-summaries/2016/hca-35-2016-08-31.pdf

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Tasmanian Whistleblower's Book Launch in Hobart 29 August 2016

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 30 August 2016 | 0 Comments

Last night I attended the launch of the book One Flew Over the Kookaburra's Nest by Kevin Moylan, a former Tasmanian psychiatric nurse, at the Cascade Hotel in South Hobart. Speakers at the launch included the author himself, Ged Kearney, President of the ACTU, and Isla MacGregor from Whistleblowers Tasmania.

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Jury Deliberations are Not Always Secret says Australia's High Court

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

Interesting discussion on the Sydney criminal lawyers website about a 2012 case in WA where a juror, after the verdict, advised via a note to the judge that he had been coerced (an assault in the toilet) into agreeing with the jury's majority vote.  See http://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/jury-deliberation-are-not-always-secret-says-high-court/

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Paper on Examining Police Duty and Transgressions from NSW CLE

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 26 August 2016 | 0 Comments

Found a very useful paper examining police duty and transgressions from the NSW CLE. See http://criminalcle.net.au/attachments/Off_Duty__Will_Tuckey.pdf. The paper was presented to the Aboriginal Legal Service (ACT/NSW) on 14 May 2016 by barrister W S Stuckey of Garfield Barwick Chambers.

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Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Meeting Thursday 25 August in Hobart

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 26 August 2016 | 0 Comments

Last night I attended the AGM of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Inc (ANZFSS).  I am delighted to now be on the Committee of the Society. I have been a member, on and off, of the Society since the early 1980's and have attended numerous national conferences, including a number of international forensic science conferences.

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