Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 3 to 9 December 2018


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

Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker

A woman has launched a private criminal prosecution after police refused to bring charges against her former partner for allegedly dowsing her with petrol and threatening to set her on fire.

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Alleged Child Sex Offender Faces Life Imprisonment if Convicted

A Sydney man accused of sexually assaulting a seven-year old girl in a toilet cubicle has been charged with an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life behind bars.

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Drug Law Reform: An Interview with Former NSW DPP Nicholas Cowdery

Those at the coalface including social workers, health professionals, families of users and former police officers support drug decriminalisation.

But our major parties will have none of it.

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Sentence for Dangerous Driving Occasioning GBH Reduced on Appeal

A remorseful mechanic who pleaded guilty after losing control of his car and severely injuring two women has had his sentence reduced on appeal.

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Cannabis Legalisation in Australia: It’s Only a Matter of Time

Recreational cannabis possession is being legalised in a number of countries, lowering the social and economic costs of law enforcement, stimulating growth and generating revenue.

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US Cop who Shot Dead Aussie Woman Could Face Upgraded Charges

A United States police officer who shot and killed a 40-year old Australian woman could have his main charge upgraded to second-degree murder.

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High Court Refuses to Hide Disgraceful Conduct of Barrister and Police

The High Court has lifted the lid on a criminal defence barrister who committed the most “fundamental and appalling” of breaches by informing on her very own clients, and the “reprehensible” conduct of police who “sanction[ed] atrocious breaches of the sworn duty of every police officer”.

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Facing Prison Time Over Son’s Cannabis Medicine: An Interview With Jamie Blake

A Queensland couple are facing a Supreme Court trial for using cannabis medicine to help their autistic son.

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Voices for Change: Shifting Attitudes Via the Media to End Gender-Based Violence

A new project seeks to change attitudes towards domestic violence “by offering journalists available and safe victim/survivors who they can interview”.

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Morrison’s Xmas Gift: New Laws to Further Erode Your Civil Liberties

The government is rushing through new laws which give it greater power and control at the expense of individual liberties and legal safeguards.

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Sexting Amongst Consenting Teens is Now Legal

Those under 18 who engage in consensual sexting will no longer be guilty of possessing child abuse material.

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Calling Out Drug Dogs: An Interview With Inner West Greens Councillor Tom Kiat

Councillor Tom Kiat was criticised and investigated for informing his Facebook followers about the presence of sniffer dogs.

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The Modern Slavery Act Falls Short on Holding Corporates Accountable

New laws require companies to look into whether modern slavery is occurring in their supply chains, but won’t make the companies responsible for breaches.

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Priest Successfully Appeals Conviction for Covering-Up Child Sexual Abuse

A judge upheld former Adelaide Archbishop Phillip Wilson’s appeal against a conviction for concealing child sexual assault.

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Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Woman

The officer and 7 of his colleagues smashed their way into the woman’s home. He punched her up to 7 times to the face and broke her nose. It took 22 years to bring the case to trial.

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Tough New Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse

The NSW government has introduced a range of laws aimed at protecting children against sexual abuse, but priests remain a protected species.

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