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Articles relevant to the subject of wrongful convictions

Murder by the Prosecution – first book review

Book review extract, The Spectator Australia, September 22, 2018: “Urban makes a powerful case that grandmother Neill-Fraser, who had run a successful horse-riding school and been involved in property development, was wrongly accused and prosecuted for the murder of Chappell, … Continue reading

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Former Premier & AG calls for Criminal Cases Review Commission

Former Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings officially launched Andrew L. Urban’s, Murder by the Prosecution (Wilkinson Publishing) on September 6, 2018 at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart, calling for the establishment of a Criminal Cases Review Commission and stating that the provisions … Continue reading

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Murder by the Prosecution launched in Hobart

By Andrew L. Urban Calling for the urgent establishment of a Criminal Cases Review Commission in Tasmania, former Tasmanian Premier and shadow Attorney General Lara Giddings officially launched my book on Thursday, September 6, 2018, to a full house at … Continue reading

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Murder by the Prosecution – pre-order now available

Andrew L. Urban’s new book, Murder by the Prosecution, is now available for pre-order from Wilkinson Publishing Exposing some grave mistakes in Australia’s not-so-trustworthy criminal justice system, film critic-turned activist journalist Andrew L. Urban recounts how his life is changed when … Continue reading

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The Staircase – step by step injustice

By Andrew L. Urban On a sunny winter Saturday afternoon in Sydney, I started watching The Staircase, thinking I’d spend a couple of hours on it. It was Sunday afternoon, before I finished my binge, only breaking for dinner and … Continue reading

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Prosecutorial immunity in the hands of psychopaths? A case study

By Andrew L. Urban. Small time crim John Thompson was nearly executed for a murder he didn’t commit. At his trial in 1985, the New Orleans prosecutors had withheld exculpatory evidence. Then District Attorney – Harry Connick Snr (now retired) … Continue reading

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A law unto themselves, absent model principles

Bill Rowlings* questions how ‘professional’ is the Legal Profession Board of Tasmania. It’s a quango that only recently worked out it needs to abide by model litigant principles, a decade after it was created. And it seems to particularly dislike … Continue reading

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Time to end prosecutorial immunity

By Frederick Block * JABBAR COLLINS languished in jail for over 16 years for a murder he apparently never committed. He was only freed a few years ago when it was revealed at a post-conviction hearing that the main witness at … Continue reading

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Australian democracy not always by the ‘rule of law’

By Andrew L. Urban In the context of the immigration debate Australia’s Prime Minister (and lawyer of renown), recently extolled the virtues of Australian democracy and its adherence to the ‘rule of law principles’, yet “the criminal appeal system in … Continue reading

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‘Learned friends’ learn little from errors

Andrew L. Urban What went wrong? That’s the question that the criminal justice system does not often ask and therefore doesn’t answer when wrongful convictions are revealed.   Prevention is so much better than cure, especially in a legal system … Continue reading

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