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Court Won’t Charge Presenters With Contempt, But Will Instead Ask Them For Undertakings

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
By now, most of the nation knows the story: Channel 10 presenter Lisa Wilkinson spoke glowingly of Parliament House sexual assault complainant Brittany Higgins during her Logies acceptance speech on 19 June 2022, causing the trial of defendant Bruce Lehrmann...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for the Offence of Common Assault

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A male teacher from an exclusive private school in Queensland has pleaded guilty to common assault after shoving a female student in the back with his foot. On 11 October 2021, 41-year old Travis Templar was employed as a teacher...

Whistleblower David McBride Remains the Only One Charged Years After Brereton Report

by Paul Gregoire
Due to mounting evidence that war crimes were being perpetrated by Australian special forces in Afghanistan, the federal Coalition government established the four-year-long Brereton inquiry, which tabled its final report in November 2020. The report recommended that the Australian Federal Police...

When Will the Prosecution Pursue a Retrial in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Queensland jury has failed to read a verdict in the trial of a homosexual man accused of sexually assaulting a female friend.  The jury spent 10 hours deliberating but was discharged after being unable to reach a verdict.  The...

What is a Community Correction Order in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey
Australian bikini model Stevie Bamford has found herself in trouble with the law again, this time for credit card fraud.  The model made global headlines in 2012 after lying about being sexually assaulted by a tuktuk driver while two other...

Television Presenter Could Face Contempt of Court Charges

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The trial of Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in 2019, was due to begin in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory on Monday. But an acceptance speech by television presenter...

Victorian Government Backtracks on Promise to Decriminalise Public Intoxication

by Sonia Hickey
The government headed by Daniel Andrews in Victoria promised to decriminalise the crime of public intoxication following the tragic death of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day in 2017, but now says the offence won’t be repealed until at least next...

Albanese Must Step Up and Fight for Assange, as UK Greenlights Extradition

by Paul Gregoire
UK home secretary Priti Patel has done what those who were aware of her political leanings expected. Last Friday she greenlighted the extradition of Julian Assange, so that the White House can continue its assault on the Australian journalist, who...

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

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Two teenagers who lured a Canberra-based businessman via the dating app Grindr to bushland on the New South Wales South Coast have been found not guilty of his murder.  Peter Keely’s body was found gagged, bound and battered in bushland...

NSW Police Accused of Covering Up Killing of Mentally Ill Man

by Sonia Hickey
In 2019, 40-year old Todd McKenzie was fatally shot by police while he was having a psychotic episode.  He was alone and armed with a knife when officers forced their way into his home in Taree on the New South...
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