Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sue Neill-Fraser; Australia: Calls for an Inquiry increase; Allegations that police filtered the truth,that forensic science was abused, and that the prosecutor invented a murder weapon. The Australian: (Must read.HL);

GIST: "Melbourne filmmaker Eve Ash spent four years making an investigative documentary, Shadow of Doubt (nominated as Best Feature Documentary in the 2014 AFI|AACTA Awards), which has galvanised interest and outrage with its revelations. After reviewing the case in detail, speaking at a public screening of the film in Sydney, Porter said: “As far as I’m concerned, and I do claim to be somewhat of an expert on miscarriages of justice in the criminal area, there is no doubt in my mind that this case calls for an inquiry. There are very substantial doubts about this case. I can put it this way: it would not have been at all surprising if the jury had acquitted this lady because the evidence was so weak against her. “But with the additional evidence that is now available, it is hard to see how any conviction could stand.”.........After viewing Shadow of Doubt, Bill Rowlings OAM, CEO, Civil Liberties Australia, was moved to remark: “Police filter the truth. Forensic science is abused. The prosecutor invents a murder weapon, and the judge agrees. A miscarriage of justice so blatant you won’t believe it possible in 21st century Australia.”.........Similarly, in the Neill-Fraser trial, the prosecution speculated that Neill-Fraser hit Chappell on the head with a heavy wrench – once or maybe twice. No wrench was produced in evidence. Indeed, no body was found, hence no wounds to match the speculation. What would an appeals judge say about that? And what would he say about the trial judge’s summation to the jury in which he mentions the wrench eight times?

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