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Sydney Man Arrested After Police Pursuit


A 20-year old man has been arrested after refusing to pull over for police and charged with thirteen offences, including police pursuit (‘Skye’s law), break enter and steal, goods in custody and breach of bail. It is alleged the man attended a car dealership in St Mary’s at about 6pm on Wednesday, 4th January 2017 ...

League Star’s Alleged Stalker Claims a Mental Health Condition


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The former girlfriend of rugby player Bryce Cartwright has faced Penrith Local Court to answer allegations that she used social media to stalk and make death threats against the rising NRL star. Ms Brittany Hura is alleged to have posted a video on Facebook last weekend, threatening and intimidating ...

Arrests, Illegal Searches and Drug Overdoses at Listen Out Music Festival


By Ugur Nedim Police and sniffer dogs were out in force as more than 25,000 revellers attended Sydney’s Centennial Park for this year’s Listen Out music festival over the weekend. Event organisers and police described the event as a success, with patrons enjoying the sunny weather and eased pressure of a long weekend, while dancing ...

Criminal Conviction a Problem for One Nation Senator


This week started with drama for newly elected Western Australian senator, Rodney Culleton, when he was arrested on Monday by Armidale police. The story so far… There has been an outstanding warrant for the Senator’s arrest for several months, issued because he failed to attend court over the alleged theft of a $7.50 car key. ...

Judge’s Associate Allegedly Dupes Judge into Providing Reference


Media sources have reported that ‘Sydney lawyer’ James Cowled, 31 (right), is under investigation after allegedly procuring a character reference from recently retired Federal Court Judge Michael Lloyd-James (left) under false pretences, and using it during his sentencing proceedings to avoid a criminal conviction. Mr Cowled had been working as a judge’s associate, and although ...

NSW Anti-Protest Laws: Taking Care of Big Business


In 2014, Premier Mike Baird told a mining industry dinner that his government would “crack down” on civil disobedience and “throw the book” at people who “unlawfully enter mining sites”. This week, he appears to have made good on that promise, with the announcement of a new set of penalties for mining protesters, alongside a ...

43 Years in Isolation: Cruel and Inhumane Punishment?


It’s been a long and lonely road to freedom for Albert Woodfox – who, until his recent release, was America’s longest-serving solitary confinement prisoner. Mr Woodfox had been kept in isolation since 1972, when he, along with co-accused Herman Wallace, were convicted of murdering 23-year-old prison guard Brent Miller. An alleged accomplice, Robert King, was ...

WA Introduces Tough Laws Against Protesters


Not one, not two, but three United Nations Special Rapporteurs have raised concerns about the Western Australian Government’s new laws targeting protesters, which are scheduled for debate in parliament tomorrow. The UN has sent a letter urging MPs to vote it down in the Lower House, arguing it poses a threat to legitimate protest and ...

Art or a crime? Acclaimed Street Artist Faces Graffiti Charges


Acclaimed Australian artist, Anthony Lister, whose works appear in the homes of celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Pink, and Pharrell Williams, appeared in a Brisbane court recently, charged with wilful damage by graffiti. Hailed as “Brisbane’s Banksy”, Mr Lister is widely known and well regarded for his legal street art, which adds bold and unapologetic colour ...

Police Target Shoplifters This Christmas Season


As Christmas approaches, we are serenaded by Christmas carols, treated to longer store opening hours and enticed by all kinds of shopping offers to make the most of the festive season. The large crowds and busy sales assistants can create an ideal environment for people looking to get the ultimate bargain – a ‘five finger ...