STORY: "David Eastman case back before the court for first time since his release," by Canberra Times reporter Christopher Knaus, published by The Age on August 31, 2014.

GIST: "David Eastman's murder case will come back before the court on Monday for the first time since he was released after 19 years behind bars. Eastman is facing the prospect of a retrial for the alleged 1989 assassination of ACT police chief Colin Stanley Winchester outside his Deakin home. The Director of Public Prosecutions is deciding whether it can and should try Eastman again over Mr Winchester's murder. That decision was left to the DPP when the ACT Supreme Court decided earlier this month to quash Eastman's conviction but order a retrial. The conviction was found to be unjust, mainly because of glaring flaws in the forensic evidence used against Eastman at his 1995 trial and incomplete disclosure of information to his defence..........If prosecutors do decide to push ahead with a trial, Eastman's lawyers can make an application to stay proceedings. They have previously argued that a fair trial is now impossible, given that witnesses are dead, forensic exhibits have been destroyed and more than 25 years have passed since the crime. Extensive media coverage could also make it difficult to find a jury free from prejudice. Acting Justice Brian Martin, head of the Eastman inquiry, described the prospect of a retrial as "not feasible and would not be fair" when he handed down his report in May. But the full bench of the ACT Supreme Court disagreed in its judgment quashing Eastman's conviction last month. "Weighing all the factors and considerations to which we have referred above, we have concluded that the interests of justice require that we order a retrial," the judges wrote."

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