Monthly Archives: March 2009

Disappointing Dora

Before you have kids, if you are anything like me, you have this idea that you won’t let them get sucked into consuming various television shows, junk food, brand names and etc. Then reality hits as your 2 year old points at an ad in the supermarket carpark and says, “Dere’s Wiggles, Mummy!” Children are […]

Something rotten in the State of WA

In Western Australia, calls have been made for law reform after brawlers who assaulted police officers in February 2008 were acquitted of assault charges. The result is particularly poignant because one of the police officers, Constable Matthew Butcher suffered brain-damage as a result of his attempts to prevent the brawl. He now suffers from partial […]

Hopping Mad

The Foreign Office faced embarrassment today after a secret memo suggested that Russia, Australia and Canada were all “second division” countries at the G20 summit. A confidential paper, issued to PR agencies ahead of the next month’s London gathering of global leaders, says the UK should focus lobbying efforts on 11 “high-priority states” such as […]

Ozymandias or, when a city dies

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamp’d on […]

Mens rea of a monkey…

You all know that I’m obsessed with animals and the law, and I’ve discussed the case of Chico the delinquent macaque. Well, Santino the chimpanzee looks like he’s a delinquent too. The BBC reports: A male chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks on zoo visitors, according to researchers. Keepers at Furuvik […]

The Amazing Disappearing Assets

Anyone who has a superannuation fund or the like has probably watched their assets drop in value to a massive degree over the last year or so. Right now I’m glad I don’t have my money tied up in shares. The drop has been so sharp that it has produced some interesting legal problems. Take, […]

Defending the indefensible

One of the things which often concerns people about lawyers as a species is that we will defend a person even when we do not personally agree with what that person has done. As I’ve explained in my post entitled “The Mad, the Bad and the Sad“, I went through a stage where I frequently […]

Stereotypes and victims of crime

There’s a lengthy and surprisingly bitter thread over at Larvatus Prodeo on two related but conceptually distinct phenomena. The first concerns cultural and racial stereotyping. The second concerns the safety advice police widely give to those who have a greater risk of being victims of crime. The post is a thoughtful one (written by regular […]

And it’s only March…

[Melbourne] City residents reported tremors across the metropolitan area and beyond, just days after being hit by wildfires which killed 210 people. The United States Geological Survey said the 4.7 magnitude quake struck about 59 miles (96km) southeast of Melbourne shortly before 9pm local time at a depth of six miles (10km) Resident Kate Bruce […]

Right to a child versus rights of a child

Over at Saint’s place, Saint and I have become involved in a discussion about legally sanctioned relationships and children. A commenter at Saint’s site, Paul, raised the recent example of a US case where a couple wanted to use their dead son’s sperm to get a grandchild: The New York state appeals panel issued a […]