Law & Order

Bali Nine: Tony Abbott says he believes Joko Widodo is ‘considering position’ on executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he believes his Indonesian counterpart is “carefully considering” his position over the execution of two Australian men. ABC – By Melissa Clarke and Helen Brown Mr Abbott telephoned Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo last night to appeal for clemency for convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. He said he would not reveal the details ... Read More »

Assange appeals to Sweden’s Supreme Court

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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has appealed to the Swedish Supreme Court to lift an arrest warrant and end a long-standing legal impasse that has left him seeking refuge in an embassy in London. AAP – Herald Sun SWEDISH prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for the Australian in 2010 after two women accused him of sexual assault. In November, a Swedish ... Read More »

We stand for mercy: Australia’s top legal minds sign petition calling for clemency for Chan and Sukumaran

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More than 140 of Australia’s leading law professors, deans and academics have signed a petition pleading with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to use his constitutional powers to spare the lives of the Bali nine pair, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Australians unite for mercy Comment: Bali nine case highlights the quality of mercy The Sydney Morning Herald – Anna Patty, Workplace Editor In ultimately ... Read More »

Palestinians ordered to pay over attacks

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A US jury has found Palestinian authorities liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families more than $US218 million in damages. The Australian BY JENNIE MATTHEW AAP UNDER the US anti-terrorism act, the damages are automatically tripled, meaning that the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organisation are liable to pay more than ... Read More »

A 2-Day Revolt at a Texas Private Prison Reveals Everything That’s Wrong with Criminalizing Immigration

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The latest uprising at the Willacy County Correctional Center began quietly on Friday morning, when prisoners refused to go to their work assignments or to breakfast. The Nation – Zoë Carpenter Then, inmates broke out of the massive Kevlar tents that serve as dorms. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence told reporters some had kitchen knives, sharpened mops and brooms. Prison officials ... Read More »

Federal Govenment plans new anti-terror measures

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In a major speech yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, outlined plans that he says will keep Australia safer from terror attacks. ABC Gippsland Mornings with Jonathon Kendall – by Elise Kinsella These measures include revoking or suspending citizenship of duel nationals who have been involved in terrorism and restricting the rights of Australian citizens involved in terrorism. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, ... Read More »

Rocco Perrotta: Political pressure strikes at heart of justice system

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FOR far too long there have been unwarranted attacks by government leaders on our independent courts, tribunals and other institutions which protect the public and make the government accountable. It is time to stop. The Advertiser – Rocco Perrotta * Recently, no less than the Prime Minister has been highly critical of the President of the Human Rights Commission and ... Read More »