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Criminal Lawyers Suspected of “Appalling” Misconduct


By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes It was revealed late last year that a criminal defence barrister in Victoria – referred to as ‘EF’ – was paid as an informant to provide police with information about 386 people that led to their arrest, including her own clients such as Underworld figure Tony Mokbel and his ...

Banking Executives Expected to Face Criminal Charges


Australia may soon join Iceland, the only other country in the world to gaol top banking executives for misconduct. In delivering a scathing final report of the findings of the Royal Commission’s hearings into the finance industry, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne made 76 recommendations, referring 24 additional cases to industry regulators and two for consideration for ...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 4 to 10 February 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Ben Barba May Be Banned for Life after Being Accused of Domestic Violence The NRL is taking an increasingly tough stance on players accused of criminal offences. Click here to read the article Police Accused of Brutality on Australia Day ...

Officer Sent to Prison for Illegally Using Police Database


By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey Adrian Moore was a 28-year veteran of the WA police force. He was even nominated for the award of ‘Western Australian Police Officer of the Year” in 2011. But in a dramatic fall from grace, the former senior constable has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading ...

From Crown Prosecutor to Defence Barrister: An Interview With Margaret Cunneen SC


Robert “Dolly” Dunn was one of Australia’s most notorious paedophiles. The former Marist Brother school teacher was sent to prison in 1997 for 20 years for a string of sexual assaults he carried out over a ten year period. He’d never again be a free man. Currently serving three life sentences, Michael Kanaan was sent ...

Ending HIV Criminalisation


On 20 December last year, the WA Court of Appeal reduced the sentence CJ Palmer is serving for her conviction of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm by transmitting of HIV. Her overall sentence was cut from six years to four, and she’s now eligible for parole this April, rather than in early 2021. The prosecution claimed the ...

Revenge Porn Laws in New South Wales


NRL footballer Dylan Napa has been caught in compromising videos that have now been leaked on social media. While he has been roundly criticised for being involved in the videos, their release does raise the question of the application of new revenge porn laws and whether there is a double-standard when it comes to high-profile ...

Man Calls Police Over Maccas Mix-Up


53-year old Leslie McDonagh says he suffers from a “severe allergy” to onions. So the Englishman was less than impressed when the Big Mac he ordered from a McDonald’s store in Manchester one Friday night came with onions after he specifically told staff the vegetable would make him sick. Mr McDonagh, who had consumed several ...

Healing the Nation: An Interview With Warringah Independent Susan Moylan-Coombs


Climate change denier, marriage equality opponent, and the man who, just a few years ago, effectively declared Australia was terra nullius before the British arrived, Tony Abbott is again set to contest the seat of Warringah in the upcoming federal election. The former prime minister has held onto the seat for close to a quarter of ...

Police Make Confidential Payout to Victim of Brutality


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim After going to extraordinary lengths to hide the actions of officers who assaulted and mistreated a woman in custody, Victoria Police are also trying to keep quiet about paying her half a million dollars in compensation. Reports have emerged that Victoria Police have made a payout of more than ...