Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bulletin: David Harold Eastman: Australia; Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Supreme Court rejects Director of Public Prosecutions bid to shut down the inquiry; Inquiry report can now be released; Inquiry said to have at the time of challenge included uncovered issues "crying out for resolution" such as problems already identified with forensic evidence. Release of inquiry report expected shortly. ABC.

STORY: "Eastman inquiry expected to report shortly, after DPP loses challenge to validity of inquiry,"  by reporter Elizabeth Byrne, published by the Canberra Times on May 21, 2014;

GIST: "The ACT Supreme Court has thrown out a challenge to the Eastman inquiry. The ACT's Director of Public Prosecutions had wanted the inquiry into the conviction of David Harold Eastman for killing senior AFP officer Colin Winchester ruled invalid. Eastman is serving a life sentence for the 1989 shooting murder. The challenge was mounted while the inquiry was still taking evidence. During the hearing it was decided the then inquiry headed by Justice Brian Martin would be allowed to continue its work. Final submissions were heard last week, but no report was expected until after the Supreme Court had ruled on the challenge. Today the Supreme Court found there had been some errors in the ordering of the inquiry, but the final outcome came down to a question of justice......... The court found the inquiry had already, at the time of the challenge, uncovered issues crying out for resolution. These included problems already identified with the forensic evidence, which are expected to be central to the findings of the inquiry. The judgement says "to call a halt to the inquiry at this point would be unconscionable." The Court found "it is in the interests of justice that the board complete its investigation.""
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