Monthly Archives: December 2018

Tunnel vision and bad ‘science’ – a deadly mix in the justice system

A year before Julie Rea’s exoneration for the murder of her 10 year old son, the National Academy of Sciences released a report that called into doubt the reliability of bloodstain-pattern analysis – exactly what led to Rea’s conviction, coupled … Continue reading

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Journalists, authors, filmmakers hunt the truth in Sue Neill-Fraser case

Andrew L. Urban. Two new books and a 6-part documentary series on the Seven Network – all investigating the murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser – will become available before and after the February 5, 2019, Tasmanian Supreme Court hearing into … Continue reading

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What percent innocent?

Andrew L. Urban. A former heavy duty senior detective friend of mine (now a security consultant with a caustic sense of humour) and I have a standing joke: when he mentions a convicted criminal he grins, saying to me, ‘He’s … Continue reading

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Colin McLaren searches, finds, tells

Andrew L. Urban. ‘Failure to search is failure to find’ goes the investigator’s mantra, and boy, does Ex-Detective Sergeant/Task Force Team Leader and latterly author Colin McLaren prove that to be true with his exhaustive and explosive book, JFK: The … Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like Lawyer X?

How does the State of Victoria mange a review of 380-odd criminal convictions in the wake of revelations about Lawyer X? As the law stands, the answer is ‘with enormous practical difficulty and delay’. Legal academic Dr Bob Moles and … Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser – the ‘bias’ in my reporting

By Andrew L. Urban. In the wake of the publication of my book, Murder by the Prosecution (Wilkinson Publishing, 2018), a few more people have muttered the word ‘bias’ in my direction, referring to the Sue Neill-Fraser case which makes … Continue reading

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