STORY: "David Eastman wants DPP declared vexatious," by reporter Michael Inman, court reporter for the Canberra Times, published on June 10, 2014.

GIST: "Convicted killer David Harold Eastman has threatened to have the Office of ACT Director of Public Prosecutions declared a vexatious litigant. Eastman - whose life sentence for the 1989 murder of ACT police chief Colin Stanley Winchester could be quashed after a recent inquiry - warned he could launch High Court action if a Canberra court allowed the DPP to make submissions on his bid for freedom. But the DPP also threatened High Court action if the full bench of the ACT Supreme Court did not allow it to be heard on whether Eastman's conviction should be overturned. Legal pundits now fear the matter could splinter into a number of separate matters, potentially delaying the final resolution of Eastman's fate by months. The full bench last week called for submissions on whether to follow a recommendation to quash Eastman's conviction, to do nothing, or to order a retrial. The court also asked whether it would be acting with judicial or administrative power. At a hearing on Tuesday, Eastman told the judges they had a "crystal clear" statutory duty to make a decision on his freedom based on a report by Acting Justice Brian Martin. Eastman said the judges could not ask for further submissions and had contravened the law in doing so. "You have to do this job on your own. You cannot ask for or receive submissions," Eastman told the court. "We don't need a lawyers-fest of QC's putting submissions to you. "The court should not be diverted into playing the DPP's game.".........The matter will reappear before court later in June."

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