Christopher Knaus in The Canberra Times on 8 February 2016 reports that the David Eastman legal team has launched its last-ditch bid to stave off a second trial for the 1989 shooting murder of ACT police chief, Colin Winchester. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/eastman-attempts-to-stave-off-second-murder-trial-20160208-gmoby3
It appears that a new Innocence Project based within the University of Sydney School of Psychology called "Not Guilty Sydney Exoneration Project" is soon to be launched. See http://www.psych.usyd.edu.au/lab/notguilty/
Yesterday, 7 February 2016, marked 30 years since the release of Lindy Chamberlain from prison. See a timeline here: http://lindychamberlain.com/the-story/timeline-of-events/. The release came within days of the release of information that a matinee jacket, similar to that which Lindy had claimed had been worn by Azaria, had been found near Ayers Rock. The NT Government on the same day also announced that it would hold an Inquiry into the Chamberlain convictions.
The ABC reported on Wednesday 3 February 2016 that the NSW roadside drug testing laws have been thrown into doubt after a Magistrate acquitted a man who tested positive for cannabis smoked 9 days before he was pulled over. THC was detected in his saliva and he was charged. See http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-02/man-caught-drug-driving-days-after-smoking-cannabis-acquitted/7133628
I am currently reading Quentin Beresford's recently published book entitled The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd (NewSouth 2015), which won the Tasmanian Premier's Literary Award late last year. It was impossible to find a copy here in Hobart prior to Xmas as it had quickly sold out. Very pleased to now have my hands on it.
Read a very interesting article in the recent Good Weekend magazine entitled "Mission for Justice". Frank Robson outlines the disturbing story of a Queensland country cop, Mick Isles, who after being cleared of corruption charges and cancer, was found by the Queensland Coroner to have committed a suicide. However, a weapon and a body have never been found. The family is trying to have the suicide verdict set aside, with no luck to date. See http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/mission-for-justice-the-search-for-mick-isles-20151216-gloy1q.html
The next plenary session of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) (NSW Chapter) is at 6 pm on Wednesday 17 February 2016 in the Sydney CBD. The speaker is Mr Alastair Ross AM, the former head of the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS), which is based in Melbourne. His topic is "Transition and Reflection in the Forensic Sciences". I would very much liked to have attended this one but am unable due to other commitments here in Hobart. Further details are available at the AAFS website www.forensicacademy.org
An article in today's The Australian (2 February 2016) reports on the start of the murder trial involving former NSW cops, Roger Rogerson (75) and Glen McNamara (56) for the alleged shooting death of Jamie Gao, a 20 year old University student, in Sydney in May 2014. The body had been dumped at sea, wrapped in a surfboard bag and tied up in a blue tarpaulin. It was never meant to be found but was found by fishermen out at sea.
There is an article in today's The Australian on page 3 reporting on the Gerard Baden-Clay application for special leave to appeal to the High Court. The title of the article is "Baden-Clay 'desperate to get rid of wife'".
Call for Abstracts for the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) International Symposium in Auckland September 2016 Closing Tomorrow 2 February 2016
Last call for abstracts for the biennial ANZFSS International Symposium to be held in Auckland New Zealand in September 2016. Abstracts are due by tomorrow, Tuesday 2 February 2016. See here for required format, word limit etc. http://www.conference.co.nz/anzfss16