An article in Perth Now on 5 July 2015 reports that WA Police have been accused of bungling the Mark Colbung murder in Albany. See http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/wa-police-accused-of-bungling-mark-colbung-murder-case/story-fnhocxo3-1227428571571
Just bought a copy of Forensic Science and the Law: A Guide for Police, Lawyers and Expert Witnesses by Dr Anna Sandiford (Thomson Reuters 2013).
New details are emerging about the WA Police cold case review into the 2007 murder of Supreme Court Registrar, Corryn Rayney, whose body was found buried in Kings Park in the Perth CBD. See http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/commissioner-to-announce-arrangements-for-rayney-cold-case-review-20150701-gi23fa.html?eid=email:nnn-13omn652-ret_newsl-membereng:nnn-04/11/2013-news_am-dom-news-nnn-watoday-u&campaign_code=13INO006&promote_channel=edmail&mbnr=MTIwOTQzNDU
Final Conference Program Now Available for International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science 22-23 July 2105 Adelaide
The final conference program is now available for the International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science 22-23 July 2015 at the Adelaide University Law School.
Just finished reading Where is Daniel? The Family's Story by Bruce and Denise Morcombe with Lindsay Simpson by MacMillan 2014 (614 pp). The tragic story of the kidnapping and murder of this 13 year old boy in South East Queensland in December 2003 has haunted the nation, particularly when it took so long to identify the murderer and bring him to justice. In addition, there was the incredible determination and resilience of Bruce and Denise Morcombe and their family in their fight to achieve justice for their son/brother and to prevent something similar happening to other Aussie kids. The Morcombes stated "They have picked on the wrong family. We will never give up".
The Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT (CLANT) Conference last week in Bali was a great forum with a good range of papers on the theme of "Curing Injustice". It was attended by 120 delegates from every State/Territory in Australia, other than the ACT (numbers were down on the previous conference due to the boycott of the conference by some people due to the recent and tragic executions of two members of the Bali Nine). The audience consisted of numerous NT Supreme Court Judges, Magistrates (soon to be Local Court Judges), the NT Coroner, the NT DPP, prosecutors, legal academics and lawyers. There were also useful presentations from eminently qualified individuals on evidence hypotheticals, advocacy and ethics/etiquette. The jurisdictional round-up which outlined key events and developments over the last two years in each jurisdiction (other than the ACT) was also of great interest.
Dr Bob Moles of Networked Knowledge recently drew my attention to the Canadian case of Salmon where a man convicted of homicide has now been cleared based on expert evidence showing that the death of the female victim involved a fall rather than a blow or homicidal attack. See http://netk.net.au/Canada/Canada12.pdf
The Bill to deal with the new conditions regarding the Tasmanian DPP and Solicitor-General was to be introduced in June. This did not occur. It appears that the Law Society has expressed concerns about aspects of the Bill including new term limits and the potential for political interference in the role. See http://www.examiner.com.au/story/3154557/dpp-bill-stalls/
Apologies for the lack of entries over the last few days. Have been attending the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT (CLANT) biennial conference in Sanur Bali with the theme of "Curing Injustice". The conference has attracted around 120 delegates including judges, magistrates, Coroners, academics and lawyers from jurisdictions throughout Australia. Eve Ash and I did a one hour plus presentation yesterday on Miscarriages of Justice and the Sue Neill-Fraser case in Tasmania. I specifically covered what we had NOT learned 30 years on from Chamberlain. Delegates also had the option of watching the AFI nominated doco Shadow of Doubt at the end of the day and a surprisingly good number of delegates stayed on after a long day to watch the 1.5 hour movie.
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