Viewing entries posted in August 2016
The reasons for the High Court reinstating Baden-Clay's murder conviction of his wife can be found here: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/publications/judgment-summaries/2016/hca-35-2016-08-31.pdf
Last night I attended the launch of the book One Flew Over the Kookaburra's Nest by Kevin Moylan, a former Tasmanian psychiatric nurse, at the Cascade Hotel in South Hobart. Speakers at the launch included the author himself, Ged Kearney, President of the ACTU, and Isla MacGregor from Whistleblowers Tasmania.
Interesting discussion on the Sydney criminal lawyers website about a 2012 case in WA where a juror, after the verdict, advised via a note to the judge that he had been coerced (an assault in the toilet) into agreeing with the jury's majority vote. See http://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/jury-deliberation-are-not-always-secret-says-high-court/
Found a very useful paper examining police duty and transgressions from the NSW CLE. See http://criminalcle.net.au/attachments/Off_Duty__Will_Tuckey.pdf. The paper was presented to the Aboriginal Legal Service (ACT/NSW) on 14 May 2016 by barrister W S Stuckey of Garfield Barwick Chambers.
Last night I attended the AGM of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Inc (ANZFSS). I am delighted to now be on the Committee of the Society. I have been a member, on and off, of the Society since the early 1980's and have attended numerous national conferences, including a number of international forensic science conferences.
Today is the deadline for comment on the Proposed Legal Profession (Barristers) Rules 2016. See http://www.tasmanianbar.com.au/proposed-legal-profession-barristers-rules-2016-notice.html
Next Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) Tas Branch in Hobart 25 August 2016
As a member, I will be attending the AGM and next meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) (Tas Branch) which is to be held at the New Sydney Hotel at 6 pm on Thursday 25 August 2016. The presenter will be Associate Professor Roberta Julian from the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) at UTAS. Roberta, our current President, will be speaking on "The Effectiveness of Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System: Critical Issues at the Crime Scene".
Found a very informative article on the possible implications or flow-on effects of the recent overturning of the Brendan Dassey conviction for his uncle, Steven Avery. See the article entitled "'Making a Murderer': What Brendan Dassey Decision Means for Steven Avery" of 16 August 2016 by Amelia McDonell-Parry from Rolling Stone here: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/what-brendan-dassey-decision-means-for-steven-avery-w434421
An article entitled "Judge overturns Dassey conviction in Halbach murder" dated 12 August 2016 from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel can be found here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2016/08/12/dassey-wins-ruling-teresa-halbach-murder/88632502/. It contains video clips of Dassey's interrogation and excerpts and a link to the 91 page court judgement.
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) 2016 Conference to be Held in Hobart 29 November to 2 December 2016
The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) conference, with the theme "Horizon Criminology", will be held in Hobart at the Hotel Grand Chancellor from 29 November to 2 December 2016. See http://www.anzsoc.org/cms-conferences/index.phps