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Articles relevant to the subject of wrongful convictions

Parole – not if you’re innocent

Special National Investigation by Andrew L. Urban It is reasonable to argue that those wrongfully convicted of a serious crime who are genuinely innocent are the most deserving of parole. The cruel irony is that they are the least likely … Continue reading

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When ‘she said’ removes safeguards of the law

Andrew L. Urban. It is not the first time that police have recklessly charged and detained an innocent man on child sex abuse related charges, just on the say-so of an accuser. Evidence would be a good start … (Most … Continue reading

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The dingo took over my life – book review

Andrew L. Urban. Journalist Malcolm Brown managed to irritate both sides: the Northern Territory Police (and Government) as well as Stuart Tipple, the lawyer for Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, which makes the two men ideal co-authors of Tipple’s journey through … Continue reading

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New Year hopes for old injustices

Andrew L. Urban. Should we call them mis-convicted murderers, perhaps, those poor unfortunate souls who have suffered the catastrophe of a wrongful conviction? As we prepare to leave 2020 behind and look across time into 2021, we must hope along … Continue reading

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Dr Colin Manock and the Baby Deaths – Ch 9 Oct 14, 2020

This Wednesday 14 October, at 8.40pm Channel 9 will broadcast ‘Bodies of Evidence’ as part of their Australian Crime Series. It will focus on the appalling failures in relation to the work of Dr Colin Manock, former chief forensic pathologist … Continue reading

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Woeful quality control of expert/scientific testimony compromises justice system

Andrew L. Urban. Can we trust a criminal justice system that despite some five decades of complaints and dozens of miscarriages of justice, has failed to address the dangers of poor quality scientific evidence or help improve its reliability. If … Continue reading

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‘Shocking scandal nobody wants to touch’: MP

This is an edited version of the full article in the CLA news, by Bill Rowlings, CEO of Civil Liberties Australia. 

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Public register would endanger wrongfully convicted

Andrew L. Urban As controversial as this view may be, I urge great caution in lobbying for the currently proposed national public – public! – register of convicted child sex offenders – whom I abhor as much as everyone. There … Continue reading

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Sloppy evidence gathering = wrongful conviction

Faulty bite mark analysis and the unreliable testimony of a prisoner delivered a rape & murder conviction against Robert DuBoise in Florida 37 years ago. He has just been released after the forensic testimony was discredited and DNA evidence confirmed … Continue reading

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Police gullibility or a rush to judgement?

Vanessa Engle’s 59 minute BBC2 doco, The  Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech, is accurately titled; let’s hope we get to see it in Australia sometime soon (following its August 24, 2020 premiere in the UK). The readiness of police to … Continue reading

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