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Eddie Obeid – High Court of Australia

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April 8, 2016

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The legal community has been in a frenzy of speculation about the trial of Eddie Obeid before the NSW Supreme Court. Obeid is of course a former member of the NSW Upper House. The trial was dramatically abandoned earlier this year after new evidence was unexpectedly revealed. Thanks to the expiry of some non-publication orders, we now know that Obeid appealed to the Court of Appeal and, later, the High Court to try and stop his trial. His argument was that the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction to try him […]


Baden-Clay

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January 4, 2016

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The Prosecution of Gerard Baden-Clay was one of the biggest trials that the Queensland Criminal Courts have seen. Baden-Clay was said to have murdered his wife and dumped her body under a road bridge. The Prosecution’s explanation for why he had done so related to him being involved in an extra marital affair and suffering severe financial stress. At trial, a jury accepted beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Baden-Clay had intentionally killed his wife. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. In a move that has surprised many, the Supreme Court […]


Intent, Proof and Gerard Baden-Clay

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December 11, 2015

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The Queensland press is in a frenzy following the Court of Appeal’s decision to set aside Gerard Baden-Clay’s conviction for the murder of his wife Alison, and to substitute it for a conviction of the lesser offence of manslaughter. As is unfortunately typical of news outlets in this state where decisions of the Courts are concerned, an understanding of the law and a more than superficial recognition of the reasons for the decision is sorely lacking in the coverage.  The lack of accurate reporting has led to an understandable sense of […]

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