Meaghan Vass’ eye witness testimony changes everything

Andrew L. Urban

Meaghan Vass (fb 2019)

When Meaghan Vass finally identified herself to the court in March 2019 as an eye witness to Bob Chappell’s 2009 murder, confirming the evidence of her DNA at the crime scene, the prosecution’s circumstantial case against Sue Neill-Fraser fell apart. The new appeal is due to be heard later this year, but Vass has already changed everything. Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser case must trigger reforms

Andrew L. Urban

Australians concerned that Sue Neill-Fraser is destined to spend her tenth year in prison despite it being now known for sure by the legal system* that she is innocent of the murder conviction that put her there, would agree that reform across the legal system is badly needed. Former High Court judge, Michael Kirby would also agree. Continue reading

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Open letter to the killers of Bob Chappell

Andrew L. Urban.

You will be caught. You will be charged. You will be convicted. You will be heavily sentenced. But you can shave years off your sentence. Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser appeal: a menu of options

Andrew L. Urban.

The biggest irony in yesterday’s granting of leave to appeal by Supreme Court of Tasmania’s Justice Brett in Sue Neill-Fraser’s case is that it is based on exactly the subject – the impact of DNA at the crime scene – on which the 2012 High Court leave to appeal failed. But then the High Court was not properly informed. And there are many other grounds that can be cited to overturn the conviction. Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser appeal to go ahead, amidst tough questions

Andrew L. Urban.

What are the ramifications of keeping Sue Neill-Fraser in jail as a convicted murderer when the whole world has heard she is innocent of the crime? What excuse can Tasmania’s slow-lane legal system have for allowing an obviously unsafe murder conviction to loll about the courts for eight years (since first appeal)? At what cost protect the conviction? Which judges will sit on the appeal bench? Continue reading

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Kathleen Folbigg judicial review begins

Thanks to media pressure on the NSW Attorney General, a judicial review of the controversial case of Kathleen Folbigg begins today (three years after her petition was lodged) at Lidcombe coroner’s court. Folbigg is serving a 30-year prison sentence for killing all four of her infant children. Continue reading

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Wrongful & doubtful convictions snapshot

Andrew L. Urban.

It will be a momentous Thursday (March 21, 2019), in Sue Neill-Fraser’s quest seeking leave to appeal her 2010 murder conviction. Via a sworn affidavit, Meaghan Vass is expected to admit that she witnessed the murder – Neill-Fraser wasn’t there. But this is just one of the troubling cases that litter the landscape of legal mistakes in Australia. Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser and the self contradicting DPP

Andrew L. Urban.

There are many flaws that have been identified in both the investigation and the trial of Sue Neill-Fraser, sometimes so many that some crucial details are overlooked.  We remind our readers of a conflict between what the DPP, Mr Ellis SC, said in front of the jury while speculating about the murder, and what he told the judge – jury absent. Continue reading

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Police respond to Meaghan Vass admission on 60 Minutes

Andrew L. Urban.

In the wake of Meaghan Vass admitting her presence at the murder of Bob Chappell on Australia Day 2009, during her interview on 60 Minutes (Sunday, March 10, 2019) – contradicting the murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser – police have interviewed her, but no further action is foreseen.

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Sue Neill-Fraser – In steps of Lindy Chamberlain?

When her guilty verdict was no longer tenable, Lindy Chamberlain was released before her appeal was heard. Could Sue Neill-Fraser ask for the same? Legal academic, Dr Bob Moles*, an authority on wrongful convictions, sets out the scenario, in view of Meaghan Vass admitting on 60 Minutes (March 10, 2019) that she was a witness to the 2009 murder and Neill-Fraser – who was convicted of the murder – was not there.

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