Monthly Archives: June 2021

Miscarriages of justice in Australia: unfinished business

Former High Court judge THE HON. MICHAEL KIRBY AC CMG argues that there is a need in Australia for greater concern and vigilance about the risk of miscarriages of justice – and that the Criminal Cases Review Commission model is … Continue reading

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Severe psychological consequences of wrongful convictions: study

The psychological consequences of wrongful accusations appear to seriously affect the lives of those accused, even after exoneration or overturning of convictions, according to a study by Samantha K Brooks & Neil Greenberg of King’s College, London, reported in SAGE (for … Continue reading

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Long sentences that don’t make sense

Some sentences are incomprehensible.

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New sexual consent laws in NSW will not help – Cunneen SC

Hold on, warns MARGARET CUNNEEN SC, in her talk addressing the Rule of Law Education Centre conference, The Presumption of Guilt, on June 15, 2021. 

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What we’ve learned about the administration of the law in Tasmania

Andrew L. Urban. After eight years of studying the case of mild mannered Hobart grandmother Sue Neill-Fraser, convicted of murdering her partner Bob Chappell on Australia Day, 2009, we have learnt that administering the law in Tasmania doesn’t always work … Continue reading

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Legal Profession Board complaint against …. who was that?

We invited the Legal Profession Board of Tasmania to respond to our criticism (published June 11, 2021) of its dismissal of the complaint against Stuart Wright, Meaghan Vass’ lawyer at the Sue Neill-Fraser appeal (March 1-3, 2021) and await their … Continue reading

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Robert Xie murder conviction – “They have no case against Xie” says QC

Andrew L. Urban. Five members of a family brutally murdered – no clues, no weapons, no motive, yet the law chased Robert Xie through four trials and an appeal for over 11 years to get a conviction, ignoring the absurdity … Continue reading

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ENQUIRY into Sue Neill-Fraser’s unlawful murder conviction

PREAMBLE Tasmania’s legal system and political leadership have ignored several calls over the years for an enquiry or a Royal Commission into the 2010 murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser. Well, if they won’t, we will. After eight years of investigating … Continue reading

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Tasmania – where The Law wears protection

The latest example of Tasmania’s legal system protecting itself from scrutiny is the Legal Profession Board of Tasmania dismissing a complaint against a practicing lawyer by mischaracterising the complaint. It follows the pattern of self-serving self protection exhibited throughout the … Continue reading

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Legal Profession Board wrongly dismisses Vass complaint against Wright

Andrew L. Urban. The tumultuous end (in March 2021) to the latest appeal* against her murder conviction by Sue Neill-Fraser, was detonated by an unfulfilled undertaking from Stuart Wright, the lawyer assigned to key witness Meaghan Vass. Vass complained to … Continue reading

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