Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 28 June to 4 July 2021

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

What is ‘Reckless Indifference to Human Life’?

A mother whose two babies died after she left them in a hot car has been charged with murder.

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COVID Update: The Latest Public Health Order in New South Wales

The new restrictions are certain to have a significant impact on individuals and many businesses.

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What Will Happen to My NSW Local Court Case During Lockdown?

Defended hearings will be adjourned, and new rules apply to sentencings and mentions.

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Prosecution Must Exclude Any Reasonable Hypothesis Consistent with Innocence in Circumstantial Cases

Three young men had their convictions overturned as there was a “reasonable hypothesis consistent with their innocence”.

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Medevac Refugees Hunger Strike Over Slow Torture of Indefinite Detention

The hunger strike by 14 genuine refugees is “a desperate cry for help” over the inhumanity of being indefinitely detained.

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Passenger Charged with Murder After Police Officer Struck and Killed

The passenger of a stolen car that hit and killed an officer while he was deploying roads spikes on a highway has been charged with murder.

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Dutton Asserts China Is Now the Enemy, Not Islamic Terrorism

The defence minister has found a new enemy to deflect criticism and justify greater control.

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Preventing Animal Cruelty in Law: An Interview With Animal Justice Party MLC Emma Hurst

New laws increase the penalties for animal cruelty and prescribed lifetime bans for the most serious offenders.

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A Growing Culture of Secrecy: Dr Keiran Hardy on Australia’s Terror Law Regime

Laws introduced under the guise of protecting against terrorists are being used to silence those critical of politicians and the government.

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Couple Charged with Assault After Altercation Over QR Code Check-In

A couple are facing multiple charges after allegedly attacking a restaurant owner who denied entry because they refused to check in.

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The Law, Defences and Penalties for Larceny in New South Wales

Two men have appeared in court after allegedly stealing a Big Bird costume worth $160,000.

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Ministers are Increasingly Ruling by Decree, Without Parliamentary Oversight

There has been a steep rise in the use of mechanisms such as Public Health Orders and Biosecurity Emergency Orders to control the public without parliamentary debate, checks or balances.

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Private Criminal Prosecution to Be Launched Against Christian Porter

A former lawyer and a barrister are privately prosecuting the former Attorney-General over allegations of historical sexual assault.

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Religious Privilege Set to be Enshrined into Law

An amended bill which proposes to make it legal for people of faith to discriminate on religious grounds will be debated in parliament.

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Is There a Statute of Limitations for Criminal Offences in New South Wales?

Bill Cosby has been acquitted and is unlikely to face further charges as the limitation period has expired.

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Key US Witness Admits to Falsifying Evidence Against Assange, in Return for Immunity

Icelandic criminal Sigurdur Thordarson has admitted falsifying evidence that is key to the US indictment against Julian Assange.

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