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David Eastman to Sue Over Wrongful Murder Conviction

by Paul Gregoire
An ACT Supreme Court jury found David Eastman not guilty last November of the assassination-style killing of AFP assistant commissioner Colin Winchester. The police officer was gunned down as he was getting out of his car in the Canberra suburb...

Mentally Ill Man Dies After Being Repeatedly Tasered by NSW Police

by Sonia Hickey
30-year old Jack Kokua walked out of Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital in Sydney shortly before 1pm on 18 February 2018. Forty minutes later, he was tasered three times in less than two minutes during an altercation with police, before...

Convicted Child Killer and Child Sexual Offender to be Released

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Having served his time and with all legal avenues to keep him in prison exhausted, a convicted child sex offender and child killer will soon be released. New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman has been in the midst of...

Jock Palfreeman on His Denial of Parole & Rights Advocacy in a Bulgarian Prison

by Paul Gregoire
The Sofia City Court denied Jock Palfreeman parole on 17 July. Bulgarian Judge Nikolay Mladenov rejected the Sydney man’s bid for parole, in a decision that many believe was motivated because of his prisoners’ rights advocacy. The 32-year-old Australian is...

Australia Talks Tough on Khashoggi Killing

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
Australian foreign minister Marise Payne has labelled the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul as “outrageous” and says Australia will closely consider a recently released report into the incident before deciding whether to...

Domestic Violence Murders Double in New South Wales

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
According to data recently released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), the number of domestic violence-related murders in New South Wales has doubled over the past year The statistics also suggest that after years of steady decline,...

Police Officer Found Guilty of Homicide

by Sonia Hickey
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over the shooting death of Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk. Mr Noor has been remanded in custody and faces up to 15 years in...

Death by Stoning for Sodomy, Adultery and Rape in Brunei

by Paul Gregoire
As of today, a new law comes into force in the Southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei, which prescribes the penalty of death by public stoning for partaking in sexual acts with another person of the same sex. The barbaric new...

Sixty Nine Australian Women Killed Last Year in Domestic Attacks

by Paul Gregoire
Carla Hales was killed with an axe in her home in the Perth suburb of Munster on 28 December last year. The 30-year-old woman was hacked to death by Jesse de Beaux, an unknown assailant, who’d was released from a nearby...

The Trials and Tribulations of the District Court’s Newest Judges

by Ugur Nedim
Seven experienced barristers, including five Senior Counsel, will become the newest judges of the NSW District Court, in February 2019. The appointments are part of the state government’s $148 million funding package which is designed to ease the pressure on...
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