Criminal Law

By Kate Gunther

26.02.17

She’s a witch! Burn her!

Go and hunt her And find her And kill her  Good fortune, Witch Hunters! …What a ridiculous notion, everyone knows it is dangerous to jump to conclusions like that. However, as a defence…

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Criminal Law

By Rachael Scott

21.02.17

Not guilty? How direct eye contact can influence face recognition

A recent study conducted by the University of Sydney claims to help reduce the number of people incorrectly identified by witnesses as perpetrators of crime, one of the leading causes of wrongful conviction….

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

16.02.17

Twitter reckons you’re guilty: Juries and social media #CourtisLit #GuiltyAF

Recently, a murder trial in Sydney was put in jeopardy when a witness sent a Facebook friend request to a female juror during the closing stages of the trial. This is not the first, nor…

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Criminal Law

By Rachael Scott

07.02.17

Foxtel hit back at Facebook users who live streamed the Green vs Mundine fight

At least two social media users are facing fines of up to $60,000 or 5 years’ imprisonment for allegedly using Facebook to live stream the Danny Green and Anthony Mundine fight last Friday….

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

06.02.17

New avenue for complaint against ACT Judges and Magistrates

Last Wednesday, Canberra welcomed the establishment of a Judicial Council which has the powers to receive, report and investigate minor complaints (ones that don’t merit consideration of removal of a judicial officer from…

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Criminal Law

By Kate Gunther

03.02.17

Treating drug users as the enemy: The difficulty with waging the “war on drugs”

You may have heard three people recently died and many were hospitalised in a critical condition due to a “bad batch” of MDMA in Melbourne (see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/three-people-die-from-drug-overdoses-in-melbourne/8185134). Consequently our government remains as committed…

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