"If the defence had a 'knockout' blow they had to raise it with Bruce during their cross-examination. That never happened. It follows they have no 'we-gotcha' evidence." Legal columnist HUGH SELBY reports from the theatre of litigation.
Legal affairs writer and former barrister HUGH SELBY says the presumption of innocence is dead and buried. It has been inverted. It is now a presumption of guilt unless and until a court finds the accused "not guilty".
Because the great majority of criminal cases are finalised with sentencing following a plea of guilty, the public hears too little about the vital role of crime-scene examiners and forensic scientists, writes HUGH SELBY.
"If he is fair dinkum, then Rattenbury will amend his new law to have a single judge decide if there are sufficient grounds to have the territory properly fund those preparing a 'second appeal' for a prisoner," writes HUGH SELBY.
"The Australian" has run an open attack on ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum, selectively quoting from recent speeches in which she reveals a view about some wrongs meted out to indigenous Australians. She's owed an apology, says HUGH SELBY.
"They rarely serve those who bring complaints to them. They serve those about whom complaints are made." Welcome to judicial commission world. "CityNews" legal affairs writer HUGH SELBY explains why we need a national one.
The ACT Integrity Commission continues its probe into the tender for Campbell Primary School. Legal columnist HUGH SELBY says there were lots of observations but no progress in dealing with who caused the tender process to miscarry?