Lying lab boss Cathie Allen belatedly sacked
Cathie Allen lied about her the probity of her role in the 2018 change in DNA samples testing, lied about deliberately providing false information, lied about covering her tracks and lied about whether she was lying.
Sofronoff KC found that Allen had tried to cover up her “grave maladministration involving dishonesty” using a “deliberately crafted series of lies and misleading dodges”.
It has since been revealed that Allen was sacked in a formal letter sent to her legal team.
Jarryd Hayne sentenced to four years and nine months imprisonment
Former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has been sentenced to four years and nine months imprisonment for sexually assaulting a woman in Newcastle.
Last month, Hayne was again convicted by a jury for these offences. He was subsequently remanded in custody.
This sentence was lighter than his previous sentence of five years and nine months.
Criminal solicitor Adam Raydon Magill struck off for bail breaches
In 2018, criminal lawyer Adam Raydon Magill was one of a few lawyers charged with defrauding Legal Aid Queensland and laundering money for “serious and organised crime”.
Subsequently, he was granted bail on strict conditions on his own undertakings.
The following year, Magill was charged with numerous breaches of bail, which he was subsequently convicted of.
On 21 November 2019, the Queensland Law Society Incorporated determined that Magill was not a fit and proper person to continue to hold a practicing certificate and exercised its power under s 61(2) of the Legal Profession Act 2007 to cancel his practicing certificate.
On 18 February 2020, Magill’s appeal against the decision to record convictions with respect to five breaches of bail was dismissed by the District Court.
On 8 July 2020, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) dismissed Magill’s application for a review of this decision, with Justice Daubney making the following ominous observations:
“the repeated breaches of bail undertaking are illuminative of shortfalls in [Magill’s] character of attributes which are absolutely fundamental for practising legal practitioners…
[Magill’s] conduct in repeatedly breaching his bail undertakings, and particularly his conduct in doing so shortly after having been dealt with by the Chief Magistrate, is indicative of a cavalier attitude to one of the most basic and essential attributes of a practising legal practitioner. A person who repeatedly breaches promises which have been solemnly given is not a person in whom the judiciary, the profession, and the public can have confidence as a legal practitioner…
For these reasons, this Tribunal has concluded on all the evidence now before it that it is not satisfied that [Magill] has the intrinsic personal character and professional capacity needed to command the confidence, respect and trust of the judiciary, the profession, clients, and the public at large, nor is it satisfied that [Magill] can be relied on in the predictable future to obey and uphold the law.”
On 10 June 2022, the DPP presented an indictment in the District Court charging Magill with a number of serious charges, including money laundering and defrauding Legal Aid Queensland.
Legal Services Commissioner submitted to QCAT that Magill’s conduct in the breaches of bail showed he was no longer fit to remain a lawyer, irrespective of the future outcome of the District Court charges.
Somewhat unusually, QCAT was asked to rule on Magill’s permanent fitness to practice despite the serious charges he faced, including money laundering and defrauding Legal Aid Queensland, not having yet been resolved. This was one of the grounds raised for Magill in resisting his removal from the roll of lawyers.
Queensland’s Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman denies biological reality
Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman recently took to social media to decry a sticker placed on a sign outside her office that included the word woman, and its definition: adult human female. Fentiman reckons that:
“For some people in our community, these stickers represent much more – they represent a movement which discriminates against [transgender people] and denies their existence.’
‘I want to be very clear – I don’t stand for these sort of views, our community doesn’t stand for these views, and Queenslanders don’t stand for these views”
What movement is she referring to? Biological science? Believers in actuality?
She doesn’t speak for the majority of Queenslanders that appreciate that there are innate differences between men and women.
This Government is out of touch with the majority of Queenslanders as well as biological reality. Time to vote them out.
Mr Lefty still a leftard
A loyal reader has asked us the following question:
“On the subject of Lawyers, how is Mr Lefty going”
Our old learned friend Jeremy Sear is working as a solicitor these days.
He has a new podcast:
Episode 159 – Insufficiently Shamed (feat Nick Carr) — Well May We Say
We recommend that you skip the first 3 minutes of Indigenous platitudes and introductions, if you are minded to listen at all.
The good news is that we had a listen so that you don’t have to. In a nutshell:
Our learned friend talks to his mate Nick Carr about how he has discovered that the essence of conservativism is selfishness, and how conservatives are awful people who make money at the expense of others and then boast at social gatherings about ripping old ladies off. Our learned friend modestly opines that the reason why conservatives dislike leftists such as himself is because they are the voice of conscience who make conservative feel bad for their selfish ways.
We strongly recommend that rather than listen to our learned friend’s new podcast, you enjoy Mother’s day tomorrow with your family and friends, and feel free to talk there about how you recently ripped off an elderly person with pride and delight.
Just don’t invite our learned friend to your gathering to ensure that your conscience remains untroubled by his nagging.
Jarryd Hayne imprisoned after sexual assault convictions
Last week, Jarryd Hayne was again found guilty by a jury of sexual assault in Newcastle on the evening of the 2018 grand final.
This followed two previous trials, in which the first ended in a hung jury, and the jury in his second trial found him guilty of performing oral and digital sex on the complainant without her consent. That conviction was set aside on appeal with a re-trial ordered.
Jarryd Hayne’s bail has today been revoked, before he is due to be sentenced.
Full story: https://sterlinglawqld.com/jarryd-hayne-imprisoned-after-sexual-assault-conviction/
Jarryd Hayne again found guilty of sexual assault
Former rugby league superstar Jarryd Hayne has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in Newcastle for the second time.
This follows two previous trials, in which the first ended in a hung jury, and the jury in his second trial found him guilty of performing oral and digital sex on the complainant without her consent. That conviction was set aside on appeal with a re-trial ordered.
In the third trial, Hayne again pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the Newcastle woman on the evening of the 2018 grand final.
Full story: https://sterlinglawqld.com/jarryd-hayne-again-found-guilty-of-sexual-assault/
Malka Leifer found guilty of 18 sexual offences
Former Adass Israel School school principal Malka Leifer has been found guilty of six charges of rape, and six charges of indecent assault, as well as three charges of sexual penetration and three charges of indecent act with a 16 or 17-year-old.
This concludes a long-running legal battle in which Leifer and her allies sought to evade justice.
In March 2008, the Adass Israel school board, upon first hearing of the sexual allegations against Leifer, rushed to fly her to Israel in the dead of night two days after she was sacked before she could face charges in Australia.
What resulted was long-drawn extradition proceedings, in which Leifer claimed mental health issues, argued she should not face trial in Australia and exhausted all avenues of appeal.
Full story: https://sterlinglawqld.com/former-melbourne-school-principal-malka-leifer-convicted-of-18-counts-of-sexual-offences/