Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 25 to 30 December 2018


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

Murderer Given Lesser Sentence for “Unexplained Killing”

A young killer’s sentence was reduced when it was found that the sentencing judge placed too much emphasis on the ‘standard non-parole period’ for the offence of murder.

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Hollywood Star Accused of Sexual Touching

Actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual offences.

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Reducing Suicide Over the Holiday Period: Look After Your Mates

Many are left feeling lonely and hopeless over the holiday season, but lending them an understanding ear can make all the difference.

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False Sexual Assault Allegations Ruin Lives

The growth of the #metoo movement has led to concerns about the ease with which a person’s life can be ruined through false sexual assault allegations.

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Assault Rates Drop as Young People Reduce Their Alcohol Consumption

A recent report by BOCSAR suggests that reductions in the use of alcohol by young people has contributed to falls in violent crime.

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It’s Important to Know Your Rights this Music Festival Season

With police doubling strip-searches and preventing patrons from entering events even if no drugs are found, it’s more important than ever for us to know our legal rights.

Man Prosecuted for Possessing ‘Gel Blasters’

A Coffs harbour man is facing firearm charges after buying gel ball blasters as a Christmas present for his son.

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Training Troubled Youths to Recognise Expressions Can Reduce Crime

New research suggests that educating young offenders about the interpretation of expressions can reduce their likelihood of resorting to violence.

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10 Tips For Staying Safe Over New Year’s

Here are our top ten tips for staying safe over New Year’s.

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The Dangers of Laws Against Drug Supply Causing Death: An Interview With Urban Survivor Union’s Louise Vincent

Drug-induced homicide laws have been shown to increase overdose deaths, yet the NSW government has introduced them here as a way to stop young people from dying.

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Morrison’s Jerusalem Fiasco: Diplomacy in a Wet Paper Bag

The PM’s opportunistic yet thoughtless decision to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused significant damage to Australia’s international relations and reputation.

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Dozens of NSW Police Officers Charged with Assault and Sexual Offences

Police swear an oath to uphold and enforce the law, but many have found themselves on the wrong side of it.

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Stop Adani: An Interview With the Galilee Blockade’s Ben Pennings

Go away Adani. Wake up major parties.

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The US Enacts a Law to Curb Ongoing Tibetan Human Rights Abuses

It is hoped Australia will follow in the footsteps of the United States by passing legislation which sends a clear message to China that its human rights violations in occupied Tibet won’t be tolerated.

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