Viewing entries posted in November 2014
Tonight I am attending the national Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards in Melbourne with Eve Ash, a fellow member of the Telstra Business Women Alumni. I will also be filmed for the Justice Hunters series with Eve on miscarriages of justice. Eve is very keen to produce a professional series of educational videos on the causes of miscarriages of justice, high profile miscarriage of justice cases and the lessons learned in trying to achieve justice in a potential miscarriage of justice case such as the Sue Neill-Fraser case here in Tasmania.
A very interesting development in NZ where a man who was wrongly convicted of serious burglary and spent 14 months in jail is suing the Crown Prosecutor for allegedly misleading the court. Seehttp://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/crown-prosecutor-sued-for-misleading-court-2014112216
I was very interested to come across the following definition of "Miscarriage of Justice" in the Kaufman Inquiry report into the wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin in Canada - Report of the Kaufman Commission on Proceedings Involving Guy Paul Morin (Toronto: Ministry of the Attorney-General, 1998 [Morin Inquiry]. I am currently examining the issue of presumptive testing and how it was dealt with in that high profile Miscarriage of Justice case.
I refer to my brief posting a few days ago. I have now had a chance to read the Australian Bar Review (Vol.39 2014) article by Professor Gay Edmond and others on how to cross-examine forensic scientists. See http://mbthompson.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Edmond-HowToCross-ExamineForensicScientists.pdf. The article was developed by a multi-disciplinary group composed of research scientists, forensic scientists and lawyers during their annual meeting in Wollongong.
Thanks to Dr Kris Klugman, President of Civil Liberties Australia (CLA), for this one. The item, an ACT matter, demonstrates yet another way in which the criminal justice system can get it wrong. The following is from the December issue of CLArion, the newsletter of CLA:
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.