Trial by judge alone may not be the answer to giving high-profile defendants a fair hearing


In April 2013, Adrian Bayley pleaded guilty to Jill Meagher’s murder.

As the case was the subject of heavy media coverage, there would have been few Australians who were not well aware of it.

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It’s worth pondering, then, what might have happened had – as was possible – Bayley pleaded not guilty.

Would it have been possible to empanel a jury that could bring a fair mind to the assessment of Bayley’s guilt?

Faus 2bIf not, what ought to have been done?

Bayley’s case is hardly unique.

Delivering a High Court judgment in 2012 on the…

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