STORY: "Keogh case inspires legal reform." by Jeremy Roberts, reported by InDaily on March 20, 2013, with thanks to Networked Knowledge for drawing this report to our attention.
GIST: "In an Australian first, a new statutory right to appeal was passed by the Legislative Council yesterday. Jeremy Roberts analyses the origins of the reform. Scratch a little deeper and the DNA of the Government’s Statutory Amendment (Appeals) Bill 2012 belongs to one man – Henry Keogh. Keogh was convicted of murdering his fiancée, Adelaide lawyer Anna Jane Cheney, in 1994 and has been trying to clear his name ever since, pointing to serious questions over the forensic evidence used to convict him. It is certain that Keogh will be among the first prisoners to ask for an appeal under the new Act. Others thought to be ready to appeal again are David Szach, Edward Splatt and Derek Bromley.. Opposition deputy leader Vickie Chapman commented in the Bill’s lower house debate on February 7, referring to Keogh’s case: “Sometimes very important cases do throw light on deficiencies in our system and for that reason need to be reviewed alone,” Chapman said.........A breakthrough of sorts came with the 2010 publication of Forensic Investigations and Miscarriages of Justice, co-authored by Bibi Sangha of Flinders University Law School and Bob Moles, a former legal academic and law activist (they are also married). Ten years earlier it was Sangha and Moles who cut their teeth on the subject of questionable forensic evidence in preparing several of Keogh’s failed petitions for mercy and publishing two previous books on the topic."
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