Spoke with Gaye Barlow (a fellow course participant) this morning on the Ryk Goddard breakfast show on ABC Hobart 936 on the recent memory courses that I have undertaken here in Hobart with Bill Aronson. You can listen to the interview here from 1:49 to 1:56. https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peP36Vrqr3?play=true
Following on from my recent blog about Agatha Christie and her poisoning murders, I was interested to see a story on the ABC's 7.30 Report last night regarding allegations against a young woman, who is an Australian resident, regarding a suspected cyanide poisoning murder in a cafe in Jakarta. The case is said to be captivating Indonesia. See the ABC News article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-10/australian-charged-with-cyanide-coffee-killing/7237638
Keen to read this intriguing book A is for Arsenic (Bloomsbury Sigma 2015) on the various poisons used in the Agatha Christie novels, particularly with my Pharmacy background. See http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/is-for-arsenic-9781472911308/. As stated in the blurb, Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method. Much of Christie's chemical knowledge was apparently gleaned from working in a chemists during both world wars. A is for Arsenic celebates the use of science in Christie's work. Poisons covered in the book include: arsenic, belladonna, cyanide, digitalis, eserine, hemlock, monkshood, nicotine, opium, phosphorous, ricin, strychnine, thallium and veranol.
I just purchased a hard copy of The Innocent Killer: A Wrongful Conviction and Its Astonishing Aftermath by Michael Griesbach (Windmill Books 2014). The book cover states that this is the story of one of America's most notorious wrongful convictions, that of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent 18 years in prison for the violent assault of Penny Beernsten. But two years after he was exonerated, when he was poised to reap millions in his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Avery was arrested for the exceptionally brutal murder of Teresa Halbach. The "Innocent Man" had turned into a cold-blooded killer. Or had he?
Congratulations to Felicity Gerry QC, from Charles Darwin University, and her team, for their success in arguing successfully for a change in the UK law on joint enterprise. See media release on February 2016 decision here: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2016/02/18/joint-enterprise-press-release-from-the-appellants-solicitors/
60 Minutes will cover the Keli Lane murder conviction of her baby daughter Tegan this Sunday night. Her parents will speak out for the first time on her case. For details of the matter see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keli_Lane
Today I am attending the annual Tasmanian criminal law conference to be held at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre. See here: https://members.lst.org.au/events/160/
The new Innocence Project commences at the University of Sydney in March 2016. See here: http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2016/02/13/innocence-project-will-review-claims-of-wrongful-conviction.html
An article in The Australian for 23 February 2016 at page 2 outlines that the death of a woman in a police lockup in Broome is being investigated in a five day inquest. The family of Balgo woman Mandijarra, known by her last name for cultural reasons, have been seeking answers for 3 years. The inquest heard on Monday 22 February that the woman was arrested on 29 November 2012 after officers spotted her drinking and yelling with a groupo of other women on an oval in Broome.
Gerard Baden-Clay's legal team have argued that a High Court challenge to the downgrading of Baden-Clay's murder conviction should not go ahead because the matter does not raise any "questions of law of public importance". See here: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/high-court-appeal-unnecessary-badenclay-team/news-story/efb3769cc2c5cec211d3b44a58f90526