Viewing entries posted in June 2016
The Coronial Investigation of Suspected Deaths: Article by Dartnall and Goodman-Delahunty in Journal of Law and Medicine 2016
I have been forwarded a very interesting article for research purposes by Ms Stephanie Dartnall entitled "The Coronial Investigation of Suspected Deaths: Prevalence and Outcomes in New South Wales" (2016) JLM 609, published by Thomson Reuters. The article is co-authored by Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty from Charles Sturt University.
Call for a Commission of Inquiry and a Criminal Cases Review Commission in NZ following Teina Pora Wrongful Conviction
A recent article from NZ discusses the revelations in the Teina Pora wrongful conviction case and calls for a Commission of Inquiry (see my previous blog postings on this case). See http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81085437/teina-pora-this-cannot-happen-again.
Doing some comparative research on prosecution guidelines in the various States/Territories of Australia. Very interested in the nature of the guidelines and documentation publicly available in NSW including a number of documents relating to the accountability of prosecutors. See http://www.odpp.nsw.gov.au/prosecution-guidelines.
Letter of Apology from Government to Teina Pora and claims that he has been shortchanged by at least $2m according to Cabinet's own guidelines
Further to my recent posting on this wrongful conviction in NZ, a new article claims that Teina Pora has been shortchanged by at least $2 million, based on Cabinet's own guidelines. The article also contains a copy of the Government's letter of apology to Mr Pora. See http://thespinoff.co.nz/politics-media/15-06-2016/teina-pora-has-been-shortchanged-by-at-least-2-million-cabinets-own-guidelines-say-so/
The New Zealand Herald reported that Mr Teina Pora is set to receive more than $2 million in compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment. See http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11656425. Cabinet has apparently approved the compensation which is reported to be the largest ever payout by the Crown.
Came across a very useful "technical report" by Rand in 2012 on selected international best practices in police performance measurement. See http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/technical_reports/2012/RAND_TR1153.pdf
After hearing about the news of 3 innocent bystanders being accidentally injured by NSW Police, who were apparently facing a life or death situation, I thought it would be useful to examine NSW Police policy and procedures in this area, particularly any policy that discusses use of force options, de-escalation of incidents, particularly involving persons with mental health issues, and the risks of firing shots when in a populated public area.
According to the Charles Smith blog posting for 8 June 2016, Canadian, Mr Ivan Henry, has been awarded $8 million in damages for wrongful imprisonment. See http://smithforensic.blogspot.com.au/
Is it Time for National Best Practice Strategy and Standards in Homicide Investigation in Australia?
Recent incidents have shown varying standards of homicide investigation in Australia and overseas. Following on from Making a Murderer, investigative interviewing and false confessions appear to be possible problems. This may be particularly the case with Indigenous Australians, juveniles and other vulnerable persons. Is it time that Australia, like the UK, developed a national best practice model with clear standards and strategy requirements? An objective, professional approach would also operate to address the internationally recognised problem of “tunnel vision”.