Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 10 to 16 September 2018


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles:

Claims of a ‘Sudanese Crime Wave’: Political Point Scoring at its Worst

The claim by certain politicians that Victoria is experiencing a Sudanese ‘gang crime wave’ is unfounded.

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Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean Record When Sentencing

The appeals court reduced the sentence because the judge failed to state that the offender’s prior good character was taken into account

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The New South Wales Drug Busts that ‘Never Happened’

Many drug seizures were counted twice in the statistics, bolstering the argument that police are only making a tiny dent in the drug trade and that the war against drugs is lost.

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Basic Steps in a NSW Jury Trial

Sadly, not all defendants who are facing District or Supreme Court jury trials are taken through the basic steps involved.

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Silencing Dissent: Morrison Threatens to Deregister Trade Union

The prime minister has threatened to shut down the CFMEU after an ‘obscene’.

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A Walk Through History: Bidura Children’s Court’s ‘Dungeon’

Many infamous criminals were locked up for the first time in Bidura’s ‘dungeon’.

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Australian Journalist Imprisoned in Cambodia Seeks Royal Pardon

The documentary film-maker asked “Which country am I spying for?” when convicted and sentenced to 6 years in prison for espionage.

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New Surry Hills Children’s Court Brings Fresh Hope for Troubled Youths

It is hoped the closure of the old court will ward off past demons and signal a fresh start for youth in the criminal justice system.

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School Mistress Avoids Prison for Multiple Aggravated Sexual Assaults

A woman entrusted to supervise boys at a boarding home walked free after pleading guilty to 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 6 of sexual intercourse with children under her care.

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Morrison to Enact Discriminatory Laws under the Guise of ‘Religious Freedom’

The PM is intent on passing laws which allow Christians to discriminate against others based on their sexuality.

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Time for a Treaty: An Interview With FISTT’s Lynda-June Coe

Australia is the only settler colonial nation not to have entered into a treaty with First Nations peoples, who continue to suffer as a result.

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Charges Dropped Against Whistleblower Cop

The charges against a former police officer who reported on corruption in the force have been withdrawn after an investigation found that the evidence against him had been tampered with.

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Border Force Randomly Seizes and Searches Citizen’s Devices at Sydney Airport

The government has passed legislation empowering Border Force officers to ignore the basic protections of citizens.

And more laws are on the horizon.

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Curbing Rising Racism: An Interview With Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi

In her maiden parliamentary speech, Dr Faruqi has emphasised the need to guard against rising racism and its normalisation in politics.

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