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Tony Mokbel’s Drug Importation Charge Withdrawn

by Sonia Hickey
The fallout from the Lawyer X scandal continues in Victoria, with the Court of Appeal ordering a retrial for underworld kingpin Tony Mokbel despite him being acquitted last year. The back story Mr Mokbel was on bail during his jury...

The Law, Penalties and Defences for Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A jury in Downing Centre District Court has heard that a then-19 year old woman felt “dead inside” when NRL payers Jack de Belin and Callan Sinclair allegedly forced her to have sexual intercourse in the early hours of 9...

A “Totalitarian Regime With a Sunny Climate”: McBride on Whistleblower Persecution

by Paul Gregoire
“I am appalled by what our country has become,” said former ADF lawyer David McBride. “I grew up in the shadow of the Second World War. I believed all that. And my disgust and anger to find that most of...

‘Litany of Errors’ Enabled Man to Kill His Children, Coroner Finds

by Sonia Hickey
‘Systemic failures’ by the NSW Police, the Family Court System and the Firearms Registry cost two teenagers their lives in 2018 – deaths that the NSW Coroner has found were entirely ‘preventable.’ Jack Edwards aged 15, and his sister Jennifer,...

Manslaughter of Mhelody Bruno Exposes Institutional Bias in Criminal Justice System

by Paul Gregoire
The outcome of the trial of Rian Toyer – the former Royal Australian Air Force officer guilty of the manslaughter of Mhelody Bruno – has raised warranted questions around systemic bias within the Australian criminal justice system and the privilege...

The Offence of Intentionally or Recklessly Destroying or Damaging Property in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A 21 year old has been handed a community correction order and ordered to pay more than $40,000 after a boozy night he says he was too drunk to remember. During sentencing proceedings in Downing Centre Local Court, the Presiding...

Corrections Criminally Liable Over First Nations Custody Deaths, Says Former NSW Magistrate David Heilpern

by Paul Gregoire
The 15th of April marks 30 years since the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed down its final report, which made 339 recommendations aimed at preventing First Nations custodial deaths. Most of these recommendations, however, have never been...

Donald Trump May Face Criminal Charges

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former United States President Donald Trump is currently defending 29 civil lawsuits, and he’s also the subject of multiple criminal investigations, including one into whether he personally, along with the Trump Organisation, committed various offences of fraud – including bank,...

Parliament Proposes ID Checks to Open Social Media Accounts

by Sonia Hickey
A recent federal parliament inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence has made 88 recommendations to combat growing violence in those areas, including several aimed at stopping online abuse. One of those recommendations is that social media account holders be...

The Offence of Procuring a Child for Unlawful Sexual Activity in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
An award-winning pianist has been charged with 20 child sexual offences for allegedly grooming a 13 year old girl. 30-year old piano maestro Jeremy So has been accused of ‘manipulating and controlling‘ the young teen during a sexual relationship after...
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