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The Dawson verdict – good news guilty / bad news innocent

Chris Dawson yesterday convicted of murdering his then wife Lyn, 40 years ago. Derek Bromley wrongfully convicted of murder almost 40 years ago – still in jail. Sue Neill-Fraser wrongfully convicted of murder 13 years ago – still in jail … Continue reading

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The lawless country?

Andrew L. Urban. You might sleep soundly in the belief that Australia has a robust, fair and competent criminal justice system. Dream on. The System itself sometimes contributes to lawlessness in the administration of justice. 

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“impugned evidence was obtained unlawfully” against lawyer Jeff Thompson says judge

Protection from unlawful surveillance by law enforcement is of significant public importance, stated Brett J in his judgement against TasPol in the five year old case of Hobart lawyer Jeff Thompson, which was dropped (nolle prosequi) on August 8, 2022, … Continue reading

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Integrity Commission Tasmania complaint & response

Andrew L. Urban. The High Court’s dismissal of Sue Neill-Fraser’s application seeking leave to appeal (August 12, 2022) leaves unresolved the matter of inadmissible forensic evidence at trial and the lack of disclosure of that error to the courts. Flinders … Continue reading

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A proven murderer? Or a catastrophic failure of the legal system?

Andrew L. Urban. Since her arrest for murder 13 years ago tomorrow (20/8/2022), up to the latest High Court decision a week ago, Sue Neill-Fraser’s case has moved slowly through the courts. The 2010 trial, the appeal, the seeking leave … Continue reading

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High Court fails again on justice being seen to be done

By CLA President Dr Kristine Klugman and CEO Bill Rowlings The High Court – judges Stephen Gageler, Simon Steward and Jacqueline Gleeson – has refused Sue Neill-Fraser leave-to-appeal her murder conviction on Friday 12 August 2022 after a 45-minute hearing, … Continue reading

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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.

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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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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