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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Appear Before – Grant Lalor

By Zilog - 2 March 2008 22

The Canberra Times reports today (March 1 2008), inter alia, that;

“Justice Malcolm Gray upheld the appeal in the Supreme Court, and described Mr Lalor’s behaviour as indefensible.

He said the proceedings had been “coloured by the magistrate’s annoyance” at the fact that the lawyer representing Mr Roberts had arrived in court late, and without proper instructions from his client.

“In my view, it is not appropriate to disadvantage an accused person because of a judicial officer’s dissatisfaction with a lawyer’s conduct” Justice Gray said in his judgement.

In upholding Mr Roberts’ appeal against the sentence, Justice Gray said Mr Lalor’s conduct did not appear to “be at all defensible”.

He went on to say that … the magistrate had been potentially denying a fair trial to an accused”.

This former prosecutor never resiled from his former role, and continues to prosecute from the bench. Undoubtedly grounds for dismissal on the basis of mental incompetence. Over to you Stanhope. Are you pleased with yourself for having appointed this man in the face of widespread community unease, Mr Stanhope?

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Thumper 10:14 am 05 Mar 08

Lose and Loose

get it right people!

Almost as bad as Labor (ALP) and labour(as in work)

Rant over. Carry on 😉

Special G 7:40 am 05 Mar 08

Nice call El – I think you have it there.

I think Zilog has an axe to grind. Generally the only people who don’t like cops are those who regularly deal with them. What’s your story? Did your mental health get questioned?

If people are in his Court and wasting time and incompetent then it is fair enough if he rips into them.

I sat in on a bunch of Court days, A list and hearings when I was at Uni and some of the people who represent themselves and the lawyers are a dead set joke. I would expect if the case can’t be put forward from either the defence or prosecution then that side will not achieve the best results.

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