Tag Archives: United States

Vigilante justice, meet the justice system

“Phoenix Jones”, a self-styled superhero vigilante (complete with home made body armour) has ended up on the wrong side of the law. The Herald Sun reports that Phoenix could be charged by police after he intervened in what he thought was a fight and allegedly pepper sprayed a number of people: Phoenix Jones – known […]

Hicks and disgorging profits II

Almost a year ago, I speculated on this blog that the Federal government would not move to strip David Hicks of the profit he gained from the royalties on his book, saying: …it seems the Australian government is caught between Scylla and Charybdis. On the one hand, if it leaves Hicks with the money, it […]

With friends like these…

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal. The fact that the Americans used […]

Wikileaks and the brave new world of freedom of information

Having just completed a conference presentation on the history of the law of breach of confidence and control of government information, I am very interested in the recent release of confidential US government cables by media site Wikileaks. Wikileaks’ own website has this to say about their organisation and aims: WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media […]

What a scream!

An American tourist is suing Qantas after she was seated next to a three-year-old child who allegedly screamed so loudly in the woman’s ear that she was deafened: “The pain was so excruciating that I didn’t even know I was deaf,” Ms Barnard said, reliving the incident during a deposition for a civil lawsuit she […]

Background of judges

The appointment of judges in the common law adversarial system is always a controversial issue. There is a tendency for governments to choose appointments who are perceived as sympathetic to their political cause. This tendency is not confined to the more progressive governments, either, despite the fact that howls of “tokenism” seem to be louder […]