Viewing entries posted in March 2015
Breaking News - Consultation Draft on new Further Right to Appeal Legislation Released for Consultation in Tasmania
True to her word, the Tasmanian Attorney-General has just released the draft legislation proposing the introduction of criminal further right to appeal legislation in Tasmania, similar to what was introduced recently in South Australia.
What Really Happened in the Amanda Knox Case? (According to Phil Locke on Wrongful Convictions Blog)
A very informative article by Phil Locke on the US Wrongful Convictions Blog on what really happened in the Amanda Knox case. See http://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2012/03/27/what-really-happened-in-the-amanda-knox-case/
I refer to my previous blogs in the last day or so on the Amanda Knox miscarriage of justice. Therein I referred to the apparent inappropriate use and interpretation of luminol evidence, as appears to have occurred here in Tasmania in the Sue Neill-Fraser murder case. See an article on the luminol issues in this high profile international case by FBI veteran Mr Steve Moore at http://www.injusticeinperugia.org/fbi6.html
One of the most high profile claimed Miscarriage of Justice cases on the international stage has just seen two of the convicted offenders cleared of murder. See http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2015/mar/27/amanda-knox-murder-trial-italy-court-decision-live-updates
Found this lovely collection of 28 words that the English language should "steal" in the latest Forensic Foundations newsletter (March 2015). We can tend to focus on the negatives in our lives and forget the very many positives. See below:
A seminar entitled "Anti-Terrorism Laws: Do We Need Them?" wil be held in Law Lecture Theatre 2 at UTAS Hobart campus at 6 pm Monday 31 March 2015. Speakers include the Hon. Andrew Wilkie MHR, barrister Greg Barns, and Civil Liberties activist and UTAS academic Matt Killingsworth.
Found a very informative 2015 article in Perth Now outlining how a Coronial Inquest into the tragic death of Daniel Morcombe in Queensland in 2003 "cracked" this particular cold case. See http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/coronial-inquest-key-to-crack-cold-cases-says-family-of-murdered-teenager-daniel-morcombe/story-fnhocxo3-1227188263268
Neil Mercer reported some time ago in The Sydney Morning Herald (6 December 2014) that the trial of a Sydney man charged with importing 400 kg of cocaine on a yacht in 2010 was aborted after the AFP denied on oath the existence of certain video footage - only for it to be found on their own website. See http://www.smh.com.au/national/case-over-huge-drug-raid-collapses-over-police-errors-20141205-120by6.html. The video fiasco was reportedly just one of a series of embarrassing revelations for the AFP that came to light in the short-lived trial in the Queensland Supreme Court. They also failed to locate a bag containing drugs in the offender's vehicle which was clearly visible on the back seat. The yacht used in the operation had returned to the Scarborough marina in Queensland (the same marina from which the Four Winds yacht in the Sue Neill-Fraser case came from in the month prior to Bob Chappell's disappearance in 2009).
The draft program for the fifteenth Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT) Bali conference, the theme of which is "Curing Injustice" is now available. See http://clant.org.au/images/images/the-bali-conference/Draft_program_2015.pdf. Please spread the word about the conference amongst your networks, as the organisers are now seeking registrations. In 2013, the biennial conference attracted over 200 delegates, from all Australian jurisdictions. I attended the conference and was very impressed with the program and calibre of the speakers. Organisers don’t expect as many delegates in 2015: there is obvious concern about the possible imminent execution of Australian citizens, but for various reasons explained on the CLANT website (www.clant.org.au), it has been decided to keep the conference in Bali. Other challenges organisers face are the savage cuts to ATSILs, and the declining value of the Australian dollar. Nevertheless, there is a strong and stimulating program on offer, and the conference should attract many criminal lawyers, academics, Magistrates and Judges from around Australia.
As reported in the Australasian Lawyer for 24 March 2015, the Law Society in England is calling on the UK government to give statutory protection to legal privilege. There is considerable concern in many jurisdictions that laws designed as anti-terrorism measures encroach on the ability of lawyers to communicate confidentially with clients. The Law Society’s president Andrew Caplen warned: “The potential for surveillance of lawyer-client communications can have an extraordinarily chilling effect. Suspecting that you cannot speak to your lawyer candidly or advise your client confidentially is corrosive of the entire legal process.” With a general election in Britain in May the society is urging the new government to act quickly to protect legal privilege. See http://newsletter.keymedia.com/39841.aspx