Monthly Archives: December 2019

Khashoggi murder convictions but no transparency

After a trial conducted behind closed doors, a criminal court in Riyadh on Monday (23/12/19) sentenced five ­people to death for the murder in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018; three others were sentenced to a total of 24 years. … Continue reading

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NSW rape trial judge calls for reform of s293

Andrew L. Urban. A man accused of rape has evidence of 12 incidents in which his alleged victim had made previous false claims about sexual abuse – but the court cannot allow that evidence to be heard, due to the … Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser vigil in Hobart tomorrow

The Sue Neill-Fraser Support group is organising a vigil in Hobart’s Parliamentary Gardens tomorrow (Saturday, December 21, from 11 am), as Neill-Fraser faces her 11th Christmas in prison.

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Sue Neill-Fraser appeal delayed to May 2020

Paul Galbally, acting for Sue Neill-Fraser at a directions hearing at Hobart’s Supreme Court today, requested that the court agree to a change of date for the new Appeal as Tom Percy, who has been leading Sue’s defence, is not … Continue reading

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The Baby Deaths chain reaction

Andrew L. Urban. They have come to be known as The Baby Deaths. Three unrelated babies who died between October 1992 and August 1993 in Adelaide, were each victims of physical abuse but the State’s Chief Pathologist (1968 – 1995), … Continue reading

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Private movie previews presented by Andrew L. Urban

Invitation to readers of wrongfulconvictionsreport: please join Andrew for Movies Now, a series of six new movies prior to their commercial release, followed by a discussion with a film industry practitioner; Wednesdays from Feb. 5, 2020. 

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Can juries get it wrong?

Andrew L. Urban. Juries are human. Fallible, often under stress, especially in trials of serious crime, collectively uninformed in law, forensic science or other relevant disciplines. Juries ingest what the prosecution and defence feeds them. Having served on a jury, … Continue reading

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Robert Xie – an evidence-free conviction

Andrew L. Urban. There was no direct evidence that Robert Xie viciously murdered five members of his wife’s family in 2009, nor any credible circumstantial evidence. The appeal against his 2017 conviction has been delayed by the Crown, most recently … Continue reading

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