Courting Disaster by Trevor Plumbly

“To get what you want, stop doing what isn’t working.” Earl Warren, former USA Chief Justice. Normally, I start writing a blog by sitting down and thumping out what’s crossed my mind, then I sort of scrub it up, flash it to Ang for professional punctuation (blind people don’t do commas and full stops terribly well), then I tend to forget it and move on. Sadly, it seems that my old chum ‘Hoffar’ is not prepared to allow me to do this on the subject of the law. At the risk of… Read More

The Jury Should Retire. By Trevor Plumbly

In a recent murder trial down here, the fact that the accused had extremely violent tendencies and had carried out acts of vandalism was withheld from the jury on the grounds that it might influence their decision on the case before them. After he was acquitted and the broader facts were made public, there was an angry, and to my mind, justified outcry from the public, followed by the usual somewhat paternalistic response from the Minister of Justice and the legal profession. What struck me as odd was that the public ire… Read More