Viewing entries posted in December 2015
Came across a treasure trove of true crime in a Hobart second-hand book shop in Elizabeth Street recently. Grabbed a bundle of great books at bargain prices to read. Currently reading The Mr Asia Connection: The True Story of Underbelly's Terry Clark by Richard Hall (revised by John Kerr) The Five Mile Press 2010. The book was first published in 1981 as Greed by Richard Hall. This revised work incorporates the public findings of the Sterwart Drug Royal Commission which sat between 1981 and 1983 and developments from later court cases and other sources.The Epilogue updates the record and is essentially an attempt at "Where are they now?".
Thanks to Bill Rowling OAM from CLA for this very interesting piece from The Guardian on the history of forensic toxicology and the decline in the use of the "King" of poisons - arsenic - or what used to be called "inheritance powder"! See http://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2015/dec/22/sex-lies-and-arsenic-how-the-king-of-poisons-lost-its-crown?CMP=share_btn_link
Also just finished reading Misleading DNA Evidence: Reasons for Miscarriages of Justice by Professor Peter Gill from the University of Oslo, Norway (Elsevier 2014). Dr Gill is an international expert in DNA evidence and spent many years in the UK working in this area. He states in his introduction that there is little doubt that the misinterpretation of DNA profiling evidence may cause miscarriages of justice. His stated purpose for writing the book is to urge scientists, lawyers, judges and their policy makers to engage in debate and to examine their existing practices.
Just finished reading Merchants of Menace (Blackwattle Press 2015) by NSW author and film-maker Peter Butt. My interest was piqued by an article in The Australian in mid November 2015 and 60 Mins coverage around the same time in a story called "Spycatcher" where Ross Coulthart confronted Michael Hand in the small town of Idaho Falls in the US after he disappeared from Australia (under a false passport) 35 years ago. Hand's business partner, Frank Nugan, had been found shot dead in his car outside Lithgow NSW in early 1980. It was an apparent suicide but there are theories that this may in fact have been a murder.
Abstracts are now being sought for the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences to be held in Auckland from 18-23 September 2016, the theme of which is "Together InForming Justice". The final date for submissions is Tuesday 2 February 2016. The main disciplines and further information can be found here: http://www.conference.co.nz/anzfss16/call_for_abstracts/call_for_abstracts
Attending the AGM and lunch today hosted by the Tasmanian Women Lawyers at the Law Society. The guest speaker is the Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Corrections and the Arts and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin.
"Shonk" Forensic Expert Could Trigger Legal Crisis in South Australia: 7.30 Report Tuesday 8 December 2015
The 7.30 Report on the ABC last night ran the story of what is occurring with the further right to appeal provision in SA following the release of Henry Keogh for murder after nearly 21 years in gaol. The show referred to other cases in the pipeline including Bromley and Van Beelen. Tasmania is the only other Australian jurisdiction to have this further right to appeal provision.
An article by Nick Clark in today's Mercury advises that a Coronial Inquest will be held next year into the unsolved murder of Campbell Town man Shane Geoffrey Barker. See http://www.themercury.com.au/news/scales-of-justice/inquest-into-the-unsolved-murder-of-shane-barker-set-for-next-year/news-story/e38e1a4de48322431c76066237a9279e
Great article in the Huffington Post by Richard Leblanc entitled "How Should a Board of Directors Oversee Ethics?" from 27 August 2015 at http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/richard-leblanc/board-directors-ethics_b_8040200.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-business
Address by Robert Richter QC at the Australian Academy of Forensic Science (Victorian Chapter) on 3 December 2015
Have just returned from Melbourne. I attended the plenary address by Robert Richter QC at the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Academy of Forensic Science at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University on Thursday evening, 3 December 2015. (I am a member of the NSW Chapter - there is currently no chapter in Tasmania). The event was attended by around 60 people including judges, prosecutors, lawyers, forensic scientists, forensic pathologists, academics and staff of the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS). There were also interstate forensic science representatives present as there was a NIFS meeting on the following day.