Oxford University Press have just released a new text entitled Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials by Ian Freckelton QC, Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Jacqueline Horan and Blake McKimmie. The book draws on an unprecedented study carried out in Commonwealth jurisdictions which have recently granted access to jurors, offering a unique exploration of the presentation and comprehension of expert evidence in criminal jury trials. See http://www.oup.com.au/titles/academic/law/criminal_law/9780198746348
For the latest developments in the David Eastman case in the ACT from the Canberra Times, see here: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/david-eastman-faces-the-accountability-mirage-over-murder-mystery-of-colin-winchester-20160211-gms5l5
It has emerged in the current Eastman court proceedings in Canberra that a top FBI expert involved in the case was embroiled in a very damaging misconduct probe soon after his Eastman evidence. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/top-fbi-expert-embroiled-in-misconduct-probe-soon-after-eastman-evidence-20160211-gmrc5z and blog postings from the last few days.
Child Sex Sentence Almost Doubled on Appeal: Comment on Sentencing Principles by NSW Court of Criminal Appeal
Yet another interesting article from The Canberra Times on the sentencing of a convicted child sex offender and a dramatic increase in sentence on appeal. See the article by Paul Bibby from 10 February 2016 here: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/nsw/child-sex-sentence-for-exbega-cheese-head-maurice-van-ryn-nearly-doubled-on-appeal-20160209-gmq1sb#ixzz3zoUfP9Mn
Following on from my blogs of the last few days, please find an update here from the Canberra Times on the arguments being presented by Eastman's defence in order to have proceedings stayed. See: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/eastman-prosecutor-denies-playing-games-with-jury-on-forensics-20160210-gmqd2l.html
I was very interested to hear of the Australian Story story of "Sea of Doubt" which showed on the ABC on Monday 8 February 2016. See transcript here: http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2015/s4384730.htm
Further to my blog posting of yesterday, Christopher Knaus of The Canberra Times further reports on the Eastman case in the ACT and attempts by Eastman's lawyers to have future proceedings stayed. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/eastman-prosecutor-said-his-team-knew-to-give-defence-all-relevant-information-20160209-gmpacg
Former US Prosecutor Marty Stroud Apologises Online for his Role in the Wrongful Conviction of Glenn Ford
I was quite taken aback by this very moving video of a former Louisiana Prosecutor apologising online in such a heartfelt way for his role in the prosecution and conviction of Glenn Ford who in 1984 was tried and found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Glenn spent 30 years in prison/death row before his exoneration and release in early 2014. See http://fusion.net/video/263834/former-prosecutor-marty-stroud-apologizes-to-the-innocent-man-he-helped-send-to-death-row/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fusion&utm_content=link
I noted in both The Weekend Australian for 6-7 February 2016 (p.4) and The Mercury for Saturday 6 February (p.20) that the Tasmanian Coroner has directed on 3 February 2016, pursuant to section 50 of the Coroners Act 1995 that 7 All-Terrain Vehicle-related deaths are to be investigated at the one inquest.
Attended my first session of my second memory course "Google Your Brain" at the RACT cafe in Hobart's CBD with Bill Aronson this morning. This revamped course will run for one hour per week over 6 weeks. At the last course I was able to learn all the necessary peg lists and this time around I am hoping to apply these various techniques and tools. About 70 Hobartians are participating in the free courses offered by Mensa member and business coach, Bill Aronson.