Tag Archives: murder

Homosexual panic defence

A good post by Lorenzo on the “homosexual panic defence” and what it means for the status of women and gay men. Please go and read it. I would add that homosexual panic defence has become an issue again after a recent case in Queensland where one of the defendants attempted unsuccessfully to claim the […]

The Hat Trick

A man has been found guilty of murdering his first wife in a car fire and attempting to kill his second in another crash to get life assurance. Former nurse Malcolm Webster, 52, had denied murdering Claire Morris in an Aberdeenshire crash in 1994. Webster, of Surrey, also denied attempting to kill Felicity Drumm in […]

A sense of entitlement

Here in Melbourne, I’ve been rather freaked out by the trial and sentencing of Arthur Freeman, a man who threw his four-year-old daughter Darcey off the Westgate Bridge on what was to be her first day of school on 29 January 2009. For non-Melburnians, the Westgate Bridge is a massive expanse spanning the Yarra River […]

MONDAY FUNNIES: Selective Termination

A prominent US abortion doctor has been shot dead at a church in the city of Wichita, Kansas. Dr George Tiller, one of the few US doctors who performed late-term abortions, had been vilified by anti-abortionists in the US. The gunman fled in a car, but officials say a suspect is now in custody. US […]

Thoughts on juries and justice

The other day, I was supposed to be doing PhD thesis when I got caught watching the documentary called The Times of Harvey Milk, which featured real archival footage of the various people involved. Once I’d started watching, I couldn’t stop. Of course, Sean Penn has just received an Oscar for his portrayal of Harvey […]