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Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 4 to 10 February 2019


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

Ben Barba May Be Banned for Life after Being Accused of Domestic Violence

The NRL is taking an increasingly tough stance on players accused of criminal offences.

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Police Accused of Brutality on Australia Day

The defendant was drunk and aggressive before being brought to the police station, but the magistrate found that police dealt with him at the station in an “extremely forceful manner”.

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Failed Facial Recognition Project Costs Taxpayers Millions

Australia’s top criminal intelligence agency was found to be “deficient in almost every single respect” in managing the failed facial recognition project and made decisions described as “madness”, wasting $34 million of taxpayer funds.

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Kennerley’s Racist Outburst: Demonising to Distract

The presenter has been accused of using a debate about changing the date of Australia Day to “racially vilify Aboriginal men” by suggesting they are sexual predators.

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Manslaughter Sentence Reduced as Judge Strayed From the Facts

The man’s prison time was reduced when the appeals court found that the sentencing judge had treated the manslaughter as if it were murder.

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Foreigner Allowed to Stay in Australia Despite Drug Supply Conviction

A Cambodian man who had his visa cancelled due to a drug supply conviction has managed to have the decision overturned in the interests of his children.

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Police Make Confidential Payout to Victim of Brutality

Taxpayers will foot the bill for the actions of police officers who dragged a handcuffed woman along the floor of a police station, kicked her as she lay defenceless and removed her underwear in the presence of male officers.

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Stop the Stolen Generations: Repeal Biased Forced Adoption Laws

The government’s decision to introduce forced adoption laws has been described as “blinded by ideology and ignorant of history”.

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Healing the Nation: An Interview With Warringah Independent Susan Moylan-Coombs

Independent Susan Moylan-Coombs is running against Tony Abbott for the seat of Warringah.

She explains why she is also a better fit for Mr Abbott’s current position as special envoy on Indigenous Affairs.

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Man Calls Police Over Maccas Mix-Up

He made the call when his Big Mac came with onions.

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Ending HIV Criminalisation

There are calls to repeal HIV-specific criminal laws, which were enacted with little consultation “at the absolute height of AIDS hysteria.”

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From Crown Prosecutor to Defence Barrister: An Interview With Margaret Cunneen SC

“Be brave and bold. There will be bullies. Don’t let them get to you. And don’t let them know that they’ve got to you.”

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Officer Sent to Prison for Illegally Using Police Database

The officer used the police database to look up the personal details of nearly 100 women he interacted with on dating websites.

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