“Have You Stopped beating your Wife?”
“Answer me ‘yes’ or ‘no’“.
What a travesty our Justice System is!!! I have just been listening to the Law Report on ABC’s Radio National.
South Australia is considering new changes to laws that govern the behaviour of lawyers.
The Legal Practitioners Act is set to encompass the conduct of lawyers in the course of their professional duties as well as behaviour that occurs outside of their work.
While some of the proposals are being welcomed by reformers there are concerns about the regulatory body’s impartiality and the effectiveness of dealing with fraudulent conduct by insolvent Law firms.
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Diarmuid Hannigan : 16 Apr 2013 6:49:40pm
If the ACCC were to investigate the legal profession for running a cartel, I wonder what they would discover.
Legal Services Commissioners operate under Legal Professional Acts. These acts do not incorporate consumer rights therefore when legal services commissioners investigate consumer complaints against lawyers, consumers are denied their consumer rights.
The reason this hole has been created in the law is because the legal profession is self regulating and creates laws to suit itself which in my humble opinion exactly how a cartel operates.
I am never surprised when I hear of yet another Stupid Law or Crappy piece of Legislation. There are few things that irk me more than Judges, Lawyers, Barristers or Solicitors getting away with breaking the Law, by circumventing the Law Process because of clever manipulation and phrasing of words to look like it means something else.
It also irks me to know that a person who can pay for the best Barrister can get off a crime as horrific as murder on a technicality, but a person of no means, who cannot pay, can be sentenced to Life Imprisonment in spite of being innocent. It is also unfathomable that a Judge can flaunt the Law as in the case of Marcus Richard Einfeld (born 22 September 1938) is a retired Australian justice of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory; a former President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; a UNICEF Ambassador for Children; a longtime spokesperson both for and against Israeli and Jewish causes and a convicted perjurer. His public life came to an end in 2009 when he became the first Australian former superior court judge to be imprisoned. He was sentenced to three years in prison for perjury and for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
In 1977, Einfeld was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC), but his commission was revoked on 26 November 2008. On 23 July 2009 the NSW Court of Appeal found that he was guilty of professional misconduct, was not a fit and proper person to remain on the roll of lawyers and ordered he be removed from it. The NSW Bar Association had applied to have him struck from the roll. Einfeld agreed not to apply for re-admission. His membership of the Order of Australia was also rescinded on 24 April 2009. Outside the field of the law, Einfeld has been a social activist in Australia and the Pacific region. (Wikipedia: Marcus Richard Einfeld)
Some years ago a BDSM prostitute was interviewed live on television. She said that in the main her clients were Judges. They would get down on their knees and beg to be whipped. Now let us analyse this behaviour: is it possible that the Judges were feeling a tad guilty for sentencing another human being for doing something that they had done and got away with? Or do those Judges have psychological problems? Why would anyone want to be whipped? She also said that one Judge liked her to stand on his back in stiletto high heels and whip the crap out of him. Surely this Judge couldn’t be married or else his wife would see the whip marks when they went to bed, unless of course they didn’t share a bedroom. Someone else may have something further to add as to why anyone would actually like being whipped. And why a Judge no less.
Nearly as bad are corrupt Police. They raid premises, confiscate drugs and money, keep the money and either use the drugs themselves or sell on. In my home town there was a huge seizure of marijuana and it was being held in the lockup. But the next day, it had mysteriously disappeared, all of it. I wonder who took it; someone who had access to the key.
Corrupt police: Terence Murray “Terry” Lewis (born 29 February 1928) is a former Queensland Police commissioner who was convicted and jailed for corruption and forgery as a result of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. He was stripped of his knighthood and other honours and awards in consequence. Judge Healy sentenced Lewis to the maximum jail term possible – 14 years on the 15 corruption charges and 10 years on the forgery charge – to be served concurrently, fixed a non-parole period of 9½ years, and fined Lewis $50,000 on each of the corruption charges. Lewis was paroled in 2002 after serving 10½ years. He has continued to protest his innocence, and sued his former lawyers and pursued further appeals. However his appeals failed in August 2005.
Corrupt detective jailed over theft, extortion Posted Thu Apr 5, 2012 5:44pm AEST
Former Sydney detective Christopher Laycock has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for crimes he committed nearly 10 years ago while in the police force. Laycock pleaded guilty to five charges of theft and corruption, including aggravated break and enter, unlawfully accessing a police computer with intent to steal, corruptly receiving a benefit as reward for providing police information and lying to the Police Integrity Commission.
The former detective sergeant also admitted to four other matters including obtaining $11,000 by deception when he went into a man’s house to steal but pretended to be on police business. In sentencing Laycock to prison with a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years, Judge Jonathan Williams said the former cop had used his “position and power” to commit serious criminal offences. “He had no entitlement to operate in that way,” the judge said in the Downing Centre District Court. He said Laycock had committed a “twofold breach of trust” by breaking his own rules as a police officer as well as betraying community expectations of the force. Laycock joined the service in 1989 and was sacked in 2004 after a PIC hearing revealed he and others had been involved in a series of thefts and extortions.
They included receiving $3,900 when he tipped off a doctor who was being investigated over a child pornography network. He advised the doctor to cleanse or get rid of his computer and dispose of his credit cards and told him how to conduct himself if interviewed by police. The doctor was never charged with any offence.
Judge Williams said Laycock’s actions in relation to that incident had frustrated police investigations into what could have been potentially “very serious” offences. But the judge noted Laycock’s lack of prior criminal record, his good prospects of rehabilitation and the “public disgrace and humiliation” he had already gone through. He also said that as a former policeman, Laycock would be at more risk in prison than other inmates. Laycock will be in protective custody and will be eligible for parole in 2016.
Corrupt politicians are as bad. We have several cases going on in Australia right now, one such case is that of Edie Obead. Business interests and corruption allegations
Initially working as a taxi driver and then property developer, the source of Obeid’s initial wealth and business is not clear. However, it is known that Obeid, together with his two brothers, inherited their father’s estate that comprised land and houses in Lebanon. In 1973, Obeid together with business partners, purchased an interest in the recently established Arabic press, El-Telegraph Newspaper, with Obeid later buying out his business partners. Obeid has since sold his stake and is, “no longer the publisher of that paper”.
In September 2002, The Sydney Morning Herald alleged that Obeid was one of NSW’s richest members of parliament. Media reports claimed that Obeid had purchased a property in Clovelly for $AUD875,000 in 1991 and the following day sold the property to the New South Wales Department of Housing for A$AUD1.1 million. The Herald also claimed that two companies associated with Obeid have had debts of $AUD5 million written off by various banks. It was also alleged that the Obeid family trust secured a loan from the Colonial State Bank for $AUD18 million. The Herald also sourced an internal document from Macquarie Bank, claiming:
“ (Mr Obeid’s) financial position is complex, with investments in his various companies and projects being difficult to analyse due to the cross ownership with third parties. ”
These allegations arose at the same time as The Herald alleged that Obeid had attempted to solicit a A$1 million payment in return for promising NSW Government support for the Canterbury Bulldogs League Club’s A$800 million Oasis housing development in south-western Sydney. As a result of these allegations, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) conducted an inquiry and found that there was no evidence that any donation was made to the Labor Party in relation to the project. The Commission made a finding that Obeid had never solicited a donation and cleared him of any wrongdoing. In the meantime, The Herald reports for a series of articles concerning Canterbury Bulldogs salary cap breaches and the above (false) allegations had won a Gold Walkley. Obeid commenced defamation action against Fairfax Media and in 2006 the Supreme Court found that Obeid had been defamed and that the media article had contributed to Obeid losing his job as a NSW minister. Obeid was awarded A$162,173 in damages, plus costs believed to have been more than A$1 million. Walkley Awards organisers later said the judging panel, “would not have awarded the prize if it had known the allegations against Mr Obeid would be found to be unsubstantiated”.
Obeid’s family have property interests in Lebanon, Port Macquarie, Terrigal, Bylong Valley, Woolwich and Hunters Hill, and Concord (since sold); and business interests in live sheep exporting to Syria and Iraq.
In November 2012, the New South Wales ICAC began a series of investigative hearings relating to Obeid’s alleged property and mining interests. This inquiry concerns, among other issues, the circumstances surrounding a decision made in 2008 by the then Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Mineral Resources, Ian Macdonald, to open a mining area in the Bylong Valley for coal exploration. These circumstances include whether Macdonald’s decision was influenced by Obeid. After the presentation of the ICAC’s opening statements, NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson asked the NSW Labor Party to suspend Obeid’s party membership. The witnesses list for the inquiry included former NSW Premiers Morris Iemma and Nathan Rees and Frank Sartor. The inquiry is ongoing.(Wikipedia Edie Obeid)
I was nearly raped by two detectives in Melbourne. I called the police when my shop was broken into. Two plain clothed detectives came to my house at night when I was alone. They barged into my house and searched it. They found money hidden under my mattress and stole it. They sat me down at my dining room table and interrogated me. After falsely accusing me of everything from ‘living of the earnings’ to false reporting of a burglary, they had me in tears. One detective asked the other to wait outside, which he did and then he tried to rape me. But I fought back and I bit him, he slapped my face and I bit him again, harder. He then told me that he didn’t need to take a woman by force, as he had plenty of women chasing him and he left. So who could I report that to? I don’t know that I’d bite again, as I don’t want to be in contact with anyone’s blood for several reasons. A man who is capable of rape is capable of having HIV or Hepatitis C etc.