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Police charge NSW sex crimes detective with rape of 19yo woman

A NSW sex crimes detective has been charged with the rape of a 19-year-old woman whose case he was investigating. The 55-year-old detective worked on the teenagers case when he allegedly sexually touched her, and raped her. He has been suspended from the force pending the criminal charges and an internal investigation. Police charge sex …

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Victoria permits body-worn video to be used in law suits against police

Victoria has amended laws allowing access to footage from police body-worn cameras in law suits against police. Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes made the amendment after the exposure of the loophole last year. The purpose of the change is to either prove or disprove allegations of abuses of power. Under the previous law, not even judges …

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Victoria FINALLY permits body-worn video to be used in law suits against police

Royal Commission evidence and imputations: recent defamation cases

Recent defamation cases have set down precedents for the use of Royal Commission material in defamation proceedings, and for determining how different your claim can be from the truth. I can’t remember exactly what they said – can I still sue for defamation? The answer is “yes”. This was the gist of the decision handed …

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Coffs Harbour man made cannabis oil to help suffering ex-soldiers, court hears

A Coffs Harbour man has plead guilty to one count of cultivating a cannabis plant, before explaining to the court that he does so to ease the suffering of his ex-defence colleagues. “I want you to know why I’m here,” the man told Magistrate Ian Rodgers. “This plant is for CBD oil. I’ve spent 21 …

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Man pleads guilty to cultivating marijuana plant

George Duncan: the catalyst of LGBTQI criminal justice reform

Dr George Duncan was a law lecturer at the University of Adelaide who drowned after being thrown in the River Torrens on 10 May 1972. The men believed to be responsible for his death were police officers, who knew that the area was a well-known gay beat. Duncan’s murder was a key catalyst in criminal …

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George Duncan the catalyst of LGBTQI criminal justice reform

“A healthy person would have died” – the George Floyd murder trial

A respiratory doctor testified on Thursday that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist, told the jury at the police officer’s trial that he had watched videos of Floyd’s arrest “hundreds of times”. “Mr Floyd died from a low level of oxygen,” Mr Tobin told the jury. “This caused damage …

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First Nations people and the criminal justice system – a tiring story of discrimination

First Nations people are more likely to be refused bail, more likely to get jail sentences and are grossly over-represented in the prison population. First Nations kids are also grossly over-represented in juvenile detention centres and are unfairly targeted in programs such as the Suspect Target Management Program. And yet, the Northern Territory Government, the …

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First Nations people and the criminal justice system - a tiring story of discrimination

“You should have just let the c*** die” – Corrections officer bullied for saving Indigenous inmate from burning cell

A corrections officer from Victoria’s Port Phillip Prison has lifted the lid on the jail’s toxic culture and blatant disregard for inmate safety. The officer apparently saved an inmate from a blazing cell fire, which then led to his firing from his position, he told the Herald Sun. Code Red and Faulty Safety Equipment The …

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You should have just let the c___ die_ - Port Phillip Prison Corrections officer bullied for saving Indigenous inmate from burning cell

Kamilaroi man pushing for a healthier community on The Clink

Growing up in one of the roughest streets in Redfern, in inner city Sydney, Kamilaroi man Jeffrey Morgan was always cautious of the life paths he could have ended down. From a young age, Morgan made a conscious effort to look after himself, and encourage others to do the same. Today, Morgan is the creator …

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Jeffrey Morgan on The Clink

Indigenous woman allegedly strip-searched in front of male inmates

An Indigenous woman at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Canberra was allegedly strip-searched by male officers, in full view of male inmates. The 37-year-old was on remand at the centre which houses both male and female inmates. She was allegedly strip-searched naked by officers including two male officers and two male nurses, with multiple male …

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Indigneous woman allegedly strip searched at Alexander Maconochie Centre in front of males
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