Viewing entries posted in May 2012
Gave two presentations this week to Rotary Clubs - Sandy Bay and Sullivan's Cove. The presentation was entitled "Cop This!" and reflected on my 30 years of policing experience and outlined my new role as an Integrity and Justice Consultant. I also spoke about my passion for forensic science and how my involvement in this area was now invaluable. Also touched on my current review of the Sue Neill-Fraser case and other initiatives that I am working on such as the establishment of an Innocence Project here in Tasmania and contributing to debate and discussion about a model for a Criminal Cases Review Commission, as in the UK. Also advised about the upcoming book and a likely launch in August with Gordon Wood, who has kindly offered his assistance. Attendees were very interested in what I had to say and concerned about any miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system, particularly when I referred to the exoneration of 290 people in the US alone, through the use of DNA by the Innocence Project. I am hoping to speak to a few more community groups and associations. Down to speak to my own Club, Hobart Rotary on 12 July. I am very much enjoying my public advocacy role.
I am very pleased to advise that Gordon Wood has confirmed that he will assist us in kicking off an Innocence Project here in Tassie by speaking at a public forum, probably in August at this stage. I heard Gordon speak at the Perth International Justice Conference in early March, just after he had been released from prison. He indicated then that he wanted to do his utmost to help other people in similar situations. Gordon may also launch my book Murderers Amongst Us while he is down here. I am sure people will flock to hear Gordon's story. Gordon emphatically won his bid for freedom in late February 2012, in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, getting up on 8 of the 9 grounds of appeal. The case has received enormous media coverage in recent months.
I am very honoured and pleased that Dr Bob Moles from South Australia has agreed to do the Foreword for my upcoming true crime book Murderers Amongst Us. Bob is well known for his passion and commitment to rectifying miscarriages of justice, initiating necessary law reform and supporting the introduction of new initiatives, such as the establishment of a Criminal Cases Review Commission (similar to the UK concept) in Australia. He has made an enormous contribution to this area, particularly through his many publications and the development (with others) of the Networked Knowledge website which is an invaluable resource for people working in this area (see http://netk.net.au). Bob completed his law degree at Queen's University, Belfast and his PhD at Edinburgh University - an interesting parallel there when you consider that Edinburgh is where Sue Neill-Fraser was born and spent her early years. Bob has held academic appointments in law at Queen's University, Belfast, the ANU in Canberra and at Adelaide University. Bob has been particularly active in trying to seek justice for Henry Keogh in Adelaide and has written several books on the case, highlighting critical deficiencies. He is also a co-author of the very useful text Forensic Investigations and Miscarriages of Justice: The Rhetoric Meets the Reality (2010). I am very much looking forward to Bob's Foreword and working with him into the future.
Speaking to the Sandy Bay and Salamanca Rotary Clubs on Monday night and Tuesday lunchtime next week, respectively (28 and 29 May 2012). The topic of my talk is "Cop This!". I will be speaking about my very different 30 year career in policing, which saw me laterally recruited twice and working in NSW, SA, NT and WA. I will also reflect on some career highlights and challenges. I will also encapsulate more recent career moves, including my recent role as an Integrity and Justice Consultant here in Tasmania, and how that role is unfolding and evolving.
Below is the abstract for my keynote presentation at the Forensic Science conference to be held here in Hobart from 23 to 27 September 2012 at The Grand Chancellor Hotel (www.anzfss2012.com.au/). I have also been asked to prepare a journal article on the topic for the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences (www.tandf.co.uk/journals/tajf).
It seems that there is always hope that new evidence can be discovered. Consider this article that appeared on News.Yahoo.Com on 22 May 2012 which relates to a case in NSW:
The book is progressing well. Starting to get feedback from friends and associates and feeling happy with the manuscript. Now up to 65,000 words. I think that I may have to do some books on true crime!
The Innocence Project has received a much welcomed boost with the contribution of a much-needed "kick start" from the reward fund kindly established by the many friends and supporters of Sue Neill-Fraser. The fund will provide $1000 to help organise a public forum to highlight the need for an Innocence Project here in Tasmania and get like-minded people together to work on developing a suitable model for Tasmania and preparing necessary funding submissions.
Saw a very disturbing article in The Australian on 14 May 2012. It was headed "From the Mouth to the Waist in Three Hours". Apparently, scientists have found that fat can reach your waistline just three hours after being eaten! Researchers from Oxford University measured how quickly the fat in a meal was converted into the fatty tissue that girdles our bodies. They found the average person can add the equivalent of two to three tablespoons of fat to their waist within hours of eating. It has long been thought that the process of weight gain was gradual but the reality is far starker. Scientists know fat is first broken down in the gut and then absorbed into the gut wall. There, it is rebuilt into tiny globules of fats called chylomicrons. This process takes an hour. The research found that fat globules then entered the lymph system and the blood, which whisked them around the body. Within minutes, however, they came to a halt. The scientists discovered the fatty tissue around the waist was used only for short-term storage, so it could be used if, for example, people started exercising and needed energy. If they continued eating to excess, however, the fat is moved into the tissues around the hips, buttocks and thighs for long-term storage!! So, a moment on the lips, means a life-time on hips!!
A 29 year-old murder case in WA has been reopened because of scientific evidence from WA Nobel Prize winner Barry Marshall. The matter is currently before the WA courts. The case centres around events in 1983 when a then 19 year-old Mr von Deutschburg received a life sentence after an elderly man he scuffled with during a house robbery died of a bleeding duodenal ulcer in hospital seven days after the crime. At the Supreme Court trial that year, the then State Pathologist said that the victim's condition was brought on by the incident. But WA A-G Christian Porter, after having received a petition for mercy, referred the matter to the Court of Appeal just recently. Professor Marshall, who won the Nobel Prize with a co-researcher for proving bacteria not stress caused most ulcers, emphatically stated as part of that appeal process that injuries suffered during the robbery would not have caused the ulcer or its bleeding.