Viewing entries posted in February 2016
Congratulations to Felicity Gerry QC, from Charles Darwin University, and her team, for their success in arguing successfully for a change in the UK law on joint enterprise. See media release on February 2016 decision here: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2016/02/18/joint-enterprise-press-release-from-the-appellants-solicitors/
60 Minutes will cover the Keli Lane murder conviction of her baby daughter Tegan this Sunday night. Her parents will speak out for the first time on her case. For details of the matter see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keli_Lane
Today I am attending the annual Tasmanian criminal law conference to be held at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre. See here: https://members.lst.org.au/events/160/
The new Innocence Project commences at the University of Sydney in March 2016. See here: http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2016/02/13/innocence-project-will-review-claims-of-wrongful-conviction.html
An article in The Australian for 23 February 2016 at page 2 outlines that the death of a woman in a police lockup in Broome is being investigated in a five day inquest. The family of Balgo woman Mandijarra, known by her last name for cultural reasons, have been seeking answers for 3 years. The inquest heard on Monday 22 February that the woman was arrested on 29 November 2012 after officers spotted her drinking and yelling with a groupo of other women on an oval in Broome.
Gerard Baden-Clay's legal team have argued that a High Court challenge to the downgrading of Baden-Clay's murder conviction should not go ahead because the matter does not raise any "questions of law of public importance". See here: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/high-court-appeal-unnecessary-badenclay-team/news-story/efb3769cc2c5cec211d3b44a58f90526
An article in The Mercury of 11 February 2016 advised that the High Court will have a rare sitting in Hobart on 1-2 March 2016.
Found a very good article by the Editorial Board of the New York Times dated 12 February 2016 entitled "Prisoners Exonerated, Prosecutors Exposed". See http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/13/opinion/prisoners-exonerated-prosecutors-exposed.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=1&referer=https://t.co/v1CFc4IjsP
Thanks to Media Stable to alerting me to this one. It seems WA Police made a number of errors in a speeding infringement matter and ended up losing their case in court and paying the truckie's legal costs. See https://www.facebook.com/9NewsPerth/videos/1179679102044248/
An article in today's Mercury claims that there is a backlog in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and a need for the appointment of a seventh Supreme Court Judge, particularly after the resignation of Porter J. See http://www.themercury.com.au/news/scales-of-justice/push-grows-for-extra-judge/news-story/2ffa892eb7a47d5027a59696b7b5d117