Articles by Zeb Holmes

Zeb Holmes Zeb Holmes is a lawyer with a passion for social justice who advocates criminal law reform, and a member of the content team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers®.

More Police Does Not Lead to Less Crime


New research undertaken by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has added weight to the argument that increasing the number of police officers does not lead to a reduction in crime. The study BOCSAR researched the impact of extra police on rates of crime and arrests, by comparing the increase in the …

PM Promises Prison for Animal Rights Activists


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reacted to a recent anti-meat protest by promising prison terms of up to 12 months for activists who publish information about farmers who are allegedly cruel towards their animals. A protest on Monday saw disruptions in the Melbourne and Sydney central business districts. Several activists in other areas of Victoria …

High Court Rules that Abortion Safe-Zones are Constitutional


Two anti-abortion activists have lost their appeals against Victorian and Tasmanian laws which prohibit protesting near abortion clinics. Kathleen Clubb and Graham Preston appealed against laws which establish safe-zones near abortion clinics. The conduct of the appellants was holding placards with phrases like “everyone has a right to life” in the case of Mr Preston, …

Study Finds that the Recollection of Eyewitnesses Can be Enhanced


Eyewitness testimony which includes an identification is a notoriously unreliable form of evidence, with a range of factors impacting upon the quality of observation and recollection of events. However, an Australian researcher suggests there may be a way to make it more accurate and reliable. The study Dr Craig Thorley is a psychology lecturer at …

Muslims Are the Main Targets of Hate Crimes in NSW


A recent study by the Sydney Institute of Criminology (SIC) has found that the overwhelming majority of religiously motivated hate crime in New South Wales is perpetrated against Muslim people. The SIC’s Professor Gail Mason made the finding by looking at data stored by the NSW Police Force for crimes of bias reported from July …

Use of Defence Lawyer As Informant Labelled ‘Negligence in the Highest Order’


The failure of Victoria Police to obtain legal advice before persuading and paying a criminal defence barrister to inform on her own clients was labelled in a 2015 report by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) as ‘negligence in the highest order’. Late last week, the Royal Commission into the use of defence lawyer Nicola …

Isolating Extremists Increases the Danger


One of the responses used by many countries to the threat of violent extremism has been to segregate suspected offenders in prison. However, a decade-long study of prisons in the Philippines by Australian National University researcher Dr Clarke Jones suggests the practice tends to harden radical beliefs and reduce the prospect of rehabilitation, potentially increasing …

Serial Hate Preacher Arrested Over Threats


Police have arrested and charged prolific hate preacher Nathan Sykes for allegedly making threats of violence against a Melbourne journalist. The ‘lieutenant’ of Australia’s most prominent white supremacist Jim Saleam, Mr Sykes has been charged with a number of offences including using a carriage service to threaten serious harm. The arrest comes after years of …

Conspiracy Theorists and Criminality


A recently released research paper suggests that those who subscribe to conspiracy theories are more likely to commit low-level crimes, such as larceny. Psychologists from the universities of Kent and Staffordshire relied upon two studies to reach the conclusion that conspiracy theorists are more inclined to participate in antisocial and ‘unethical’ acts, because their mindset …

Right-Wing Extremists: The Real Terrorism Threat


The horrific massacre in two Christchurch mosques which was allegedly perpetrated by Australian white supremacist Brentan Tarrant has led to calls for a renewed focus on right-wing terrorism. On 15 March 2019, Tarrant allegedly slaughtered 49 defenceless people, including children, during prayer on Islam’s holy day of Friday. Another child was killed in the area. …