Sunday, December 15, 2013

David Eastman: Australia; Inquiry into his conviction for murdering an assistant police commissioner has been placed on hold: Some wonder if it will ever resume; (Eastman claims new gunshot residue evidence will prove his innocence. HL); Canberra Times;

STORY: "Eastman Inquiry in recess...for good?" by reporter Jack Waterford, published in the Canberra Times on December 7, 2013;

GIST:  "The inquiry into the 1995 conviction of David Eastman for the 1989 murder of Assistant Police Commissioner Colin Winchester is over for the season - adjourned until January 20 - and may, if counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions is persuasive enough next week, be over for good.
Whether the latter outcome is just or desirable as a matter of law to be determined by the ACT Supreme Court, but for the merely curious, a termination of the inquiry at this point will leave some very interesting - and for Eastman, critical - questions hanging. If the DPP is successful, the ACT government will be under public pressure to have a wider inquiry, not one more narrow. The DPP says the inquiry should be circumscribed, or quashed altogether, because the grounds upon which it was ordered in September last year by Justice Shane Marshall did not satisfy the legal requirements. An inquiry can consider only fresh information or argument, or matters which could not have been raised before the 1995 trial, the DPP says."

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