The ABC has the exciting news that Canberra is going to have another inquiry into the murder conviction of David Harold Eastman:
Eastman is serving a life sentence for the murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester after a jury found him guilty in 1995.
Mr Winchester was shot dead near his home in 1989.
Eastman has mounted several challenges to his conviction, including in the High Court.
Justice Shane Marshall today ordered a fresh inquiry saying there are questions about whether Eastman is guilty.
UPDATE 10/08/12 17:50: Simon Corbell has announced it’s going to be a bigger inquiry than seen previously:
“His Honour’s order does not identify the doubt or question in relation to Mr Eastman’s conviction into which the inquiry is to be undertaken, and accordingly the scope of the inquiry will be broader than that previously conducted by Acting Justice Miles into Mr Eastman’s fitness to plead.”
Mr Corbell said the ACT Government would make arrangements to appoint an inquiry.
“I have already spoken with senior executives in the Justice and Community Safety Directorate to ensure that processes are underway to appoint an inquiry, and for it to occur in a timely fashion,” he said.