Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 15 to 21 June 2020

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

What is Workplace Bullying in Australia?

Radio shock-jock Ray Hadley is facing court for allegedly calling a colleague a “f***ing poof” and “f***ing spastic”, and referring to the man’s girlfriend as a “curry muncher”.

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Is Hate Speech a Crime in Australia?

There can be a fine line between free speech and that which incites violence against a person or group.

But is hate speech a crime?

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Against the Death Penalty: The Execution of George Stinney Junior

On this day in 1944, an innocent 14-year-old boy was executed for two murders he was later exonerated over.

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Embracing New Technology Could Reduce Court Delays

As jury trials recommence in the NSW District Court, there are hopes the new technologies adopted during COVID-19 will ultimately reduce court delays.

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NSW Police State Moves to Silence Protest Voices

“They’re trying to spread fear… and get us to stop protesting… It’s completely hypocritical, when they’re moving to open up the stadiums, cafes are full of people and schools don’t involve any physical distancing.”

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Guilty Plea Overturned Due to Criminal Defence Lawyer’s “Seriously Flawed” Advice

The District Court of NSW allowed a man to change his plea from guilty to not guilty as it was based on his lawyer’s flawed advice.

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Former NSW Labor MP Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

Former Labor MP Milton Orkopoulos has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting an 11-year old boy.

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The Kangaroo Point Blockade: An Interview With Refugee Solidarity’s Dane De Leon

Protesters are blockading a hotel where refugees with serious medical conditions have been detained without access to proper medical treatment.

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The Offence of Growing Cannabis in NSW

Four men have been charged with drug cultivation after 7,200 cannabis plants were seized from a property near Lismore.

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What Is the Crime of Fraud in New South Wales?

A man and woman from the NSW South Coast have been accused of defrauding a bushfire charity of $10,000.

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Drug Driving Laws Are “a Great Wrong”: An Interview With Former Magistrate David Heilpern

“Once you reach a point where you can no longer stomach the laws, as a judicial officer, you’ve got no choice” but to retire.

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Against Police Brutality: Another Video Emerges of Police Assaulting Indigenous Man

A video has emerged of South Australian police repeatedly punching an Indigenous man several times to the head while he was being held down.

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Ms Dhu’s Death in Custody Leads to Law Reform

Ms Dhu was arrested for unpaid fines and died in police custody.

Her death has led to the introduction of laws which would significantly limit the circumstances whereby individuals can be imprisoned for unpaid fines.

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Defund the NSW Police Force Movement Gains Traction

Many believe part of the $3.4 billion per year used to fund the NSW Police Force could be better spent elsewhere.

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“Nothing But Utter Contempt”: Shoebridge Takes a Racially Tone Deaf Government to Task

The MP has vowed to continue fighting for social justice, despite the Berejiklian government, Labor and One Nation moving to silence him.

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Judge Threatens Peter Dutton With Contempt of Court Charges

A Federal Court Judge has blasted Mr Dutton for making decisions contrary to the law, threatening contempt of court charges if he persists.

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Is It Legal to Carry a Knife in New South Wales?

Hundreds have been subjected to personal searches and 91 charged during a two-day blitz targeting knife possession in Sydney’s south-west.

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