Analysis of a press report on the High Court decision re Sue Neill-Fraser

Andrew L. Urban.

Here is an example of why the average person in the street cannot rely on press reports to be fully informed about matters relevant to wrongful convictions. Continue reading

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The Legend of Sue Neill-Fraser

Andrew L. Urban.

With the High Court’s August 12, 2022 refusal (the second time in 10 years) to grant Sue Neill-Fraser special leave to appeal her 2010 conviction for the 2009 murder of her partner, Bob Chappell, she has assumed legendary status.  Continue reading

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High Noon at High Court – Sue Neill-Fraser refused leave to appeal

Andrew L. Urban.

August 12, 2022: The High Court today refused Sue Neill-Fraser leave to appeal her 2010 murder conviction for the 2009 murder of her partner Bob Chappell. The devastating decision comes eight days before the 13th anniversary of her arrest. (And two days before the 2019 six-part Ch. 7 docuseries on the case, Undercurrent, finally becomes available in Tasmania – see below.)  Continue reading

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Jeff Thompson case finally nolle prosequi

STOP PRESS – MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2022
The controversial, five year old charge of perverting justice against Hobart solicitor Jeff Thompson was dropped (nolle prosequi) today before Justice Brett in Hobart’s Supreme Court. Thompson was one of the figures in the long running saga of the Sue Neill-Fraser case, which goes to the High Court four days after this decision, seeking leave to appeal.  Continue reading

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Corruption, lawlessness in South Australia – and that’s the legal system

 Andrew L. Urban.

Neither the Major Crime Investigation Unit, nor the Attorney General, nor the State’s Director of Public Prosecution want anything to do with it. ‘IT’ is the legal scandal around Dr Colin Manock’s reign as the unqualified forensic pathologist allowed to give evidence in hundreds of trials including that of Derek Bromley. The scandal has been festering on the body of the South Australian justice system for decades – but now it is about to sully the High Court of Australia.  Continue reading

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Will big question be exposed in High Court?

Andrew L. Urban

A question of profound and long lasting importance will be laid bare before the High Court on Friday, August 12, 2022, when the application for special leave to appeal her 2010 murder conviction by Sue Neill-Fraser will be put before the learned judges – a question not exposed before in any court.  Continue reading

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The Big Folbigg Mistake – reviewed

Andrew L. Urban.

There is no worse crime than a mother murdering her own toddlers… four of them. Is there? Well, maybe one: wrongfully convicting a mother of such a deed. In his new book, The Big Folbigg Mistake, author John Kerr points the finger at the NSW criminal justice system, which has defied science and is still keeping Kathleen Folbigg in prison as she approaches 20 years behind bars.  Continue reading

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Derek Bromley next at High Court

Andrew L. Urban

The High Court will hear Derek Bromley’s seeking leave application on September 16, 2022, a month or so after Sue Neill-Fraser’s case (August 12, 2022). Both were convicted of murder and both cases display characteristics of wrongful convictions. (See respective case histories via links at the right.)  Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser case moves out of Tasmania to the High Court

Andrew L. Urban

At 9.30am on Friday, August 12, 2022, the (probably three) High Court judges assigned to hear the seeking leave to appeal her 2010 murder conviction by Sue Neill-Fraser, will watch their screens wherever they are geographically, but no longer within Tasmania’s jurisdiction, to hear the arguments on her behalf by Robert Richter QC on another screen. The DPP will respond, also via videolink, and by 10.30am, the judges will have made a decision: either consent to hear the appeal or dismiss the application. This briefing covers all the issues.  Continue reading

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Speculation undesirable (and impermissible) prosecutorial tool

Andrew L. Urban

Society does not want prosecutors to win convictions in circumstantial cases based on speculation. It is also impermissible. If it weren’t for professional immunity, the practice would cease.  Continue reading

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