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MEDIA RELEASE: Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray

MEDIA RELEASE Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray Protest organisers for the Black Lives Matter protest to be held 1pm, Sunday 5 July, Civic Park in Newcastle have been informed by the NSW Police Commissioner that their proposal of a public assembly will be taken to the NSW Supreme Court tomorrow morning.  The application by the Read more about MEDIA RELEASE: Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray[…]

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Have You Been Strip Searched by the NSW Police?

Have NSW Police Strip Searched you? Do you believe you have been illegally strip searched? Are you currently in danger of being illegally strip searched? At O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, we specialise in civil litigation for police misconduct, including for unlawful strip searches. The firm has substantial litigation experience against the NSW Police for Read more about Have You Been Strip Searched by the NSW Police?[…]

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“The Hidden Scourge”: Sexual Harassment, the Heydon Inquiry and the High Court’s New Gauntlet

“We’re ashamed that this could have happened at the High Court of Australia” said the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in response to the sexual harassment allegations rocking the Highest level of Australian’s legal establishment. An independent inquiry found that six former Court staff members, all Judges’ Associates, suffered sexual harassment by former High Read more about “The Hidden Scourge”: Sexual Harassment, the Heydon Inquiry and the High Court’s New Gauntlet[…]

Police Brutality

Police brutality: Sydney police officer Tasers kneeling Aboriginal man in the face

NSW Police Officer Tasers Compliant Aboriginal Man in the Face in Paddington Footage has emerged of police brutality with a NSW Police Officer discharging his taser into the face of Kris Lovelock, a 32-year-old Aboriginal man who was kneeling on the ground with his palms outstretched in compliance. The footage shows the man obeying Police Read more about Police brutality: Sydney police officer Tasers kneeling Aboriginal man in the face[…]

NSW Government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile

Child sexual abuser preys on indigenous boys in Dubbo and other towns including Bourke and Gilgandra Since April 2018, the NSW Education Department has paid millions of dollars between 14 different indigenous male child sexual abuse victims from across western NSW. The majority of these victims attended schools in Dubbo, and the Department has openly Read more about NSW Government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile[…]

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FAQ: Can I lawfully record the actions of a Police Officer on video or audio?

We are frequently asked whether it is lawful for members of the public to make audio or visual recordings of Police Officers. The answer, in simple terms, is yes. The  NSW Police Media Policy 2016 states that: “Members of the public have the right to take photographs of or film Police Officers, and incidents involving Read more about FAQ: Can I lawfully record the actions of a Police Officer on video or audio?[…]

Appeals

Victory – Appeal won – Black Lives Matter vigil and rally can legally proceed

Black Lives Matter (BLM) vigil and rally can proceed: Court of Appeal The NSW Appeal Court has overturned yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the planned protest to be held in Sydney at 3pm this afternoon. “This is a victory for the thousands of people who want to join the call to end police brutality and Read more about Victory – Appeal won – Black Lives Matter vigil and rally can legally proceed[…]

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MEDIA RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF NSW DECISION REGARDING DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROTEST

MEDIA RELEASE Supreme Court of NSW decision regarding deaths in custody protest A peaceful rally and vigil for George Floyd, David Dungay and for all black deaths in custody around the world was scheduled to proceed tomorrow, on Saturday 6 June 2020 at Town Hall Square, Sydney. This afternoon the Supreme Court has ruled that Read more about MEDIA RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF NSW DECISION REGARDING DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROTEST[…]

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Successful Outcome in Preliminary Defamation Proceedings

A potentially defamatory “Australian” article In February 2019, The Australian published several online and print versions of an article entitled “NDIS provider did time for fraud“. The articles described Ms. McPhee, an individual with previous fraud convictions. The article explained that Ms. McPhee was the current “chief” of a Registered Service Provider for the NDIS  Read more about Successful Outcome in Preliminary Defamation Proceedings[…]

William Tyrell Missing Boy Coronial Inquest

Coronial Inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell to resume in October 2020

On 4 November 2019 in a Four Corners exclusive investigation, our client Bill Spedding [1] spoke out about the horrific toll of being unjustly and unjustifiably accused of abducting a three year old boy. The child in the Spiderman costume, William Tyrrell, has come to be a household name for most Australians with the nation watching Read more about Coronial Inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell to resume in October 2020[…]

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