Wednesday, February 25, 2015

David Eastman; Australia; Court sets hearing of "stay application" for July, based on delay, fading memories of witnesses and jail conditions. Defence lawyer tells hearing Crown had warned there would be some new forensic information. Reporter Elizabeth Byrne. ABC News.

STORY: "Hearing for stay application of murder charge against David Eastman set down for July," by reporter Elizabeth Byrne,  published by ABC News on February 10, 2015.

GIST: "A new chapter in one of the ACT's longest running legal sagas will begin in July, with a date now set for the court to hear a stay application on the murder charge against David Eastman. Eastman spent nearly 20 years in jail for the 1989 shooting murder of one of Australia's top police officers, Australian Federal Police commissioner Colin Winchester. He was freed last year after an inquiry found the forensic evidence used to convict him was deeply flawed. But prosecutors want a new trial based on what they say is a strong circumstantial case. Eastman, who has always maintained his innocence, wants to apply for a stay on the charge based on the delay, fading memories of witnesses and the conditions in jail.........During today's hearing Eastman's lawyer Chris Boyce told the court the crown had warned there would be some new forensic information."

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