Articles by Wali Shukoor

NSW Police ‘Shoot First and Ask Questions Later’


The NSW Police Force Handbook is meant to be the gospel when it comes to policing in our state. It is a comprehensive, 518 page document which provides information, advice and guidance on practically every aspect of policing. The publicly available handbook establishes best practices which all police are meant to follow when executing their ...

Tough Bail Laws Can Affect Anyone, Not Just ‘Criminals’


The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of criminal law. It posits that a person is to be presumed innocent until and unless the prosecution is able to establish his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The principle is meant to ensure that people are not pre-judged or punished over unproven allegations, and ...

United Airlines Video – Lawful Removal or an Assault?


A viral video has emerged of a passenger being violently dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight which was waiting to depart from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. In trying to make room for four of its employees on the overbooked flight, United Airlines offered $400 and then $800 in vouchers and a hotel stay to any passenger ...

Can I plead guilty if I am innocent?


Unlike in the United States, defendants in criminal cases do not have the right to a court appointed lawyer in Australia. This means people who cannot afford to pay for a private lawyer but are not eligible for legal aid are often left to fend for themselves in the courtroom against well-resourced, professional prosecutors. Also ...

Objection! That’s Hearsay.


We’ve all heard rumours which don’t seem to originate from the person who actually observed the subject event. And while we all have a general understanding of what hearsay means – information received from others which cannot be substantiated- the term has a precise and technical meaning in the legal context. Although hearsay evidence is ...

Refused Supreme Court Bail? You May Have Another Chance.


Being refused bail and remanded into custody can be a traumatic and difficult experience, especially over the holiday season. For those who are facing serious criminal charges, delays in the court system can mean they spend over a year in custody awaiting the finalisation of their cases. In many instances, charges will ultimately be withdrawn ...

People Power: Is Violent Revolution Constitutional?


The ‘Arab Spring’ was a wave of revolutionary demonstrations and civil wars that began in Tunisia in December 2010, spreading quickly across the Arab world. Images and videos of the uprisings went viral, instantly spreading to all corners of the globe. Violent revolution has been a feature of civilization for thousands of years – indeed, ...

Derryn Hinch Uses Parliamentary Privilege to Shame Sex Offenders


Derryn Hinch, former radio shock-jock, self described “Human Headline”, and now a Federal Senator, has in recent days decided he is no longer content with using his “Justice Party” to only push for ill informed and short sighted reforms to bail and parole laws in New South Wales. Hinch has now taken the extreme step ...

Psychics and Fortune Tellers: Supernatural or Super-Illegal?


A Google search of the word ‘psychic’ reveals a never ending list of businesses offering their supernatural services for a fee. From telephone psychics who charge by the minute through to expensive personalised face-to-face services costing hundreds of dollars per session. Services range from tarot card readings through to purported communications with those who have ...

Violence in Sport: What Does the Law Say?


It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a footy player being in the media spotlight for a criminal offence – whether ‘recreational’ drug use, a nightclub brawl, or even worse, domestic violence. Believe it or not, many footballers have even committed crimes in front of your very eyes! You may have even cheered ...