Derek Bromley “on the steps of the High Court”

Andrew L. Urban.

 On the eve of his 40th year of imprisonment, Derek Bromley “finds himself, figuratively speaking, on the steps of the High Court of Australia for the second time,” writes his long-time friend and supporter ROBYN MILERA on Bringing Justice, as this extraordinary case remains in legal limbo, in controversial circumstances that will now be examined by the highest court in the land.  Continue reading

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Malpractice, Incompetence And Lies: the Manock curse – Part 2

Journalist Andrew L. Urban and retired barrister Kevin Borrick KC reveal how South Australia’s legal fraternity contributed to the ongoing scandal that began with the unqualified forensic pathologist Dr Colin Manock and spread like cancer, infecting the entire system. The Manock curse has corrupted justice for decades. But his were not the only crimes against forensic science … and South Australia not the only state. Continue reading

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Malpractice, Incompetence And Lies: the Manock curse – Part 1

Journalist Andrew L. Urban and retired barrister Kevin Borrick KC reveal how South Australia’s legal fraternity contributed to the ongoing scandal that began with the unqualified forensic pathologist Dr Colin Manock and spread like cancer, infecting the entire system. The Manock curse has corrupted justice for decades. But his were not the only crimes against forensic science … and South Australia not the only state. Continue reading

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Did “mistakes and misdirections” prompt Marco Rusterholz murder conviction?

Andrew L. Urban.

 It’s one thing for a man convicted of murder to protest the verdict. It’s quite another to painstakingly dissect the trial judge’s summing up, as Marco Rusterholz did, to point out where he thinks “mistakes and misdirections” prompted (‘steered’ as he puts it) the jury to a guilty verdict. He detailed his critique in a briefing for his counsel to appeal against the verdict. And the appeal judges agreed 3-0 that the circumstantial case did not prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. So why did they dismiss the appeal?  Continue reading

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ALERT: ‘chip-in’ to petitions doesn’t help the cause

Don’t let your generosity be fooled: when signing a petition, you’ll be asked to ‘chip in’ to help promote the cause. ‘Chipping in’ sounds benign but it’s just a way of asking for money while you are in a vulnerable frame of mind. Continue reading

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Calling for disclosure – why mobiles matter

The role of mobile phones in sexual assault cases is crucial, often providing exculpatory evidence – which is why some police investigations prefer not to answer the call for disclosure, as gender issues commentator BETTINA ARNDT explains with a couple of examples, including the recent case of a young man defended by Sydney barrister Margaret Cunneen SC.  Continue reading

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Could reform help secure safer convictions in circumstantial cases?

Andrew L. Urban. 

The most recent – and highest profile – murder conviction based on circumstantial evidence was that of Christopher Dawson, for the murder 40 years ago of his then wife Lynette. The conviction, in a judgement delivered August 30, 2022, by Harrison J, raises questions about the way circumstantial cases of serious crime are tried. Is there a safer way? We propose one … Continue reading

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Duty of disclosure lasts forever

The duty of disclosure of “all matters within their knowledge” applies to all those who represent the Crown – and is a duty in perpetuity, write BIBI SANGHA and Dr BOB MOLES of Flinders University, in their December 21, 2022, briefing paper that may hold the key to overturning the murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser  – and others. (Edited extracts below Continue reading

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Bruce Lehrmann case inquiry launched by ACT

The ACT Government is launching an inquiry that will investigate the conduct of the prosecution, the defence and police involved in the botched case of Bruce Lermann, accused of raping Brittany Higgins inside Parliament, after the trial was aborted and the case dropped.  Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser case for CCRC

Andrew L. Urban.

Following two unsuccessful appeals against her conviction for the 2009 murder of her partner Bob Chappell and twice refused leave to appeal to the High Court, Sue Neill-Fraser’s controversial 12 year old conviction is an ideal matter for consideration by a body such as a Criminal Cases Review Commission. And it is not the only case that could seek correction around Australia.  Continue reading

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