Discovered this excellent article on Twitter! Radley Balko from The Washington Post on 17 November 2014 writes about how the courts trap people who have been convicted by bad forensics. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/11/17/how-the-courts-trap-people-who-were-convicted-by-bad-forensics/. (It is somewhat reminiscent of the Henry Keogh case in SA).
Article on How to Cross-Examine Forensic Scientists from a recent edition of the Australian Bar Review
Professor Gary Edmond of the University of NSW alerted me to this very important article in the recent Australian Bar Review (Volume 39: 2014) entitled "How to cross-examine forensic scientists: A guide for lawyers" during his presentation at the recent Flinders University Miscarriages of Justice syposium. See http://mbthompson.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Edmond-HowToCross-ExamineForensicScientists.pdf
Article in The Canberra Times about how the System Reacts to a Miscarriage of Justice - the Eastman Matter
An article in yesterday's The Canberra Times makes interesting reading for those of us trying to understand the system's reaction to the possibility of a Miscarriage of Justice. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/complacent-act-thinks-it-needs-no-second-guessing-20141118-11p53c.html#ixzz3JSYG6CMK. Sadly, the article contains no real surprises, particularly the reference to the response of "dead silence" when agencies are asked formally about what went wrong.
The New York Times Retro Report on the Chamberlain Case - Parallels with the Sue Neill-Fraser Case in Tasmania
The New York Times has released a Retro Report on the Chamberlain case, described as "the trial of the century". The video provides an interesting perspective from the US. See http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000003237187/a-dingos-got-my-baby-trial-by-media.html?emc=edit_th_20141117&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=36367308
The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) has some great news re an upcoming event to be run at the University of Tasmania for members and members of the public. The ANZFSS (Tas) Branch is bringing us a fascinating and interesting public presentation from Gary Jubelin, a Detective Inspector in the NSW Police Force who will provide the audience with an insight into the life of a working detective. He will talk about numerous murder investigations he has led including Strike Force Tuno investigation which is one of the country’s largest and longest running murder investigations and was featured on the recent ‘Underbelly Badness’ television series. This is an event not to be missed.
The latest edition of the Tasmanian branch of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International (WCEI) newsletter kindly acknowledges my induction this year into the Australian Business Women's Network Hall of Fame along with women like Maggie Beer and Liz Davenport. See http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ca940a01776f3d75089cd4627&id=b68864022c&e=392b95ca20. I consider it very important to network with other women and support them wherever I can. Attended the Tasmanian Women Lawyers dinner last night and will be attending the national Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards in Melbourne on 26 November 2014 as a proud member of the Alumni.
The New York Times in an article on 14 November 2014 raises the issue of the difficulties when a person who may have been wrongfully convicted will not admit guilt for the purposes of gaining parole. See http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/11/13/parole-when-innocence-is-claimed?emc=eta1
Will be attending the Asia-Pacific Coroners' Conference and the Society's AGM in Melbourne over the next few days. The theme of the conference is "Asking the Right Questions" which is a first step in the search for the truth, given the inquisitorial nature of this jurisdiction. This is my third Coroners' Conference in the last three years, having also attended the events in Sydney and Darwin. I find these forums very informative and extremely relevant to my current work as a criminal lawyer operating in the coronial jurisdiction, generally on behalf of family members of the deceased.
My Powerpoint Presentation from the Flinders University Miscarriages of Justice Symposium 6-8 November 2014
Attached is my powerpoint presentation from last week's Flinders University Miscarriages of Justice Symposium in Adelaide. The paper discusses what we have and have NOT learned post Chamberlain and has a particular focus on implementation and enforcement of standards in the forensic sciences. Copies of available papers will be posted to Dr Bob Moles' Networked Knowledge website.
Networked Knowledge Website for Flinders University Miscarriages of Justice Symposium 6-8 November 2014
I refer to my earlier blog a few days ago on the "Gathering" of the "Justice Hunters" in Adelaide last week. This was an excellent forum and I congratulate Flinders University and Bibi Sangha and Bob Moles for organising this important forum. The last time that those of us passionate about Miscarriages of Justice formally met was the Perth INJustice conference in March 2012.