To all of you from all of us. Thanks to all our blog followers for the last 12 months, what a year! Have a safe and fun and interesting day and we will see you all next year!
A former WA policeman appearing to punch and knee a prisoner in the head has been released after a lawyer for the constable failed in a court bid to suppress the video.
CCTV footage showed an 18-year-old man with his head seemingly pulled back by the force of a neck hold.
At one point, both his feet are off the ground and he is seen slumping, although there is insufficient evidence to conclude he lost consciousness. He is then taken to a padded cell and stripped naked by five police officers.
Three weeks later, the same officer is seen on camera punching and kneeing a 31-year-old man after the detainee hit him in the nose. The officer is later seen throwing the detainee to the floor, face down while his hands are cuffed behind him. He is then left face down and unresponsive.
The report concluded the actions of the former constable, who resigned in May, might constitute criminal assault.
“Might”??? What do you think? The footage is disturbing and caution should be used. Click here for the video and full article.
A barrister in Canberra has made global headlines after switching on more than half a million Christmas lights to reclaim a Guinness World Record. A total of 502,165 lights are illuminating David Richards’ home in Forrest, smashing the world record for the most lights on a residential property.
Richards and his family originally won the title in 2011 with a 331,038-bulb effort. However, in 2012, they were outshone by a New York home that strung up a staggering 346,283 lights.
Anyone can visit the home to see the lights after dark until 26 December at 3 Tennyson Crescent, Forrest. Entry is via a gold coin donation.
Two Maryland men have pleaded guilty to threatening the judges presiding over their respective cases. Zachary Mitchell and Justin Ferrell traded complaints about two Anne Arundel County judges in Facebook postings, reported The Baltimore Sun.
“I’ll hit ur judge and u hit mine lol,” Mitchell told Ferrell on Facebook, according to court documents.
Putting ‘lol’ at the end of a threat doesn’t make it ok guys…
The pair claimed they were just kidding, but the court was unconvinced. That might have had something to do with the fact that, according to a police informant, Mitchell allegedly tried to buy a gun for the ‘joke’ hit.
Full story here.
As we begin to rush towards the end of the year, the courts of the state are winding up to end their term. Customarily a large number of cases are dealt with in an attempt to finalise matters before the Christmas shutdown which in the case of the Local Court is usually a week or so but in the case of the District Court is several weeks.
As Christmas descends and lights, Santa and other seasonal magic fill media attention some of the great work of the Court system goes without a mention. It’s at this time of year that the people who work behind the counters of court Registries, Legal Aid and law offices throughout the state go that extra bit further, helping everyone out with their difficulties.
Today I saw a fellow who was a bit down-and-out of luck. He couldn’t afford to lodge an appeal and he couldn’t sign his name or read the appeal form. He was helped out by a woman behind the court desk with dignity and style. The man left the court knowing what was going on and having been treated to the sort of respect that all of us would expect. It may not be just Christmas that brings this out in each other, but it’s certainly something that’s consistent with the Christmas spirit.
It’s easy while we’re all rushing about to be short with each other, but I just wanted to say a big thank you to those wonderful people who work behind the scenes at court, at Legal Aid and everywhere that lawyers do their work – you have made a year of litigation as smooth and efficient, respectful and respectable as possible. All this, with your customary professionalism.
Thank you and best wishes for the season and the new year.
Aaron Kernaghan – Principal Solicitor
Kernaghan & Associates
“A solicitor must also … avoid any compromise to their … professional independence.”
In press conference happening right now, the CEO of the NRL says this is all based on provisional findings and that the club and people involved have a right to have their case considered. Surely that should have been done long before going to the press in such a damning fashion.