Tag Archives: Legal process

A setback for forensic science [Opinion]

The Washington Post William C Thompson 8 May 2015

The top managers of the District’s highly regarded crime laboratory were forced to resign or terminated last month after a dispute between the crime lab and the U.S. Attorney’s Office over interpretation and reporting of DNA evidence. News reports suggested it was simply a matter of incompetence.  But a simple-minded analysis reflects a serious misunderstanding about the details of the matter and the larger issues at stake.

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Courts may lose committal hearings

Courier Mail Renee Viellaris 8 October 2013

QUEENSLAND’S legal system faces its biggest reform in history after a State Government review urged the abolition of committal hearings.  A taskforce has also been set up within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to help determine how it can get offenders to plead guilty earlier, so time and money can be saved.

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Supreme Court Justice Paul de Jersey backs state-run injecting rooms, expressing sympathy for addicts

The Courier Mail Renee Viellaris 18 September 2013

STATE-run drug injecting rooms could be what addicts need to finally kick the habit, Queensland’s top judge says.

In a frank admission, Supreme Court Justice Paul de Jersey has revealed his compassion for drug addicts and his condemnation of traffickers.

Doctors have welcomed his statements, believing drug addicts are being punished rather than treated in Queensland.

Qld Chief Justice speaks of heroin use and parole abuse

ABC News 7:30 Qld 13 September 2013

Queensland’s Chief Justice Paul de Jersey says he believes some prisoners are abusing the parole system, and voiced support for drug injecting rooms.

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Body in barrel trial aborted

Courier Mail Tony Keim 17 June 2013

A BRISBANE judge has aborted the trial of a man accused of murdering his best mate, cementing the corpse in a barrel and dumping it in a river. Brisbane Supreme Court judge Margaret Wilson on Monday dismissed the jury of trial empanelled to decide the fate the fate of Anthony Charles Oliver.   Justice Wilson said it would not be appropriate to reveal hers reasons until the conclusion of any future trial.

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Forensic sciences are ‘fraught with error’

(Elsevier 22 April 2013) A target article recently published in Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition reviews various high-profile false convictions. It provides an overview of classic psychological research on expectancy and observer effects and indicates in which ways forensic science examiners may be influenced by information such as confessions, eyewitness identification, and graphical evidence.

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Justice on slow roll for parents of Daniel Morcombe

The Courier Mail Kristin Shorten June 15, 2012

IT TOOK almost eight years to find Daniel Morcombe and it could take another three before his family get answers.
The teenager’s parents, Bruce and Denise, said they were “frustrated” the wheels of justice had turned so slowly since the arrest of Brett Peter Cowan over their son’s disappearance and murder.
“We always knew it took a long time for everything (to move through the court system) so we know we will have to wait years for any finality,” Mrs Morcombe said…
The matter is due for mention in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 6.

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