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Rogue body persecutes innocents via trial by media

Our common law system with all its appeals, formalities and procedures, checks and balances, hard-won evidentiary rules developed for the protection of individual liberty, may be slow and even arcane. But the hierarchy of the courts, and the many sets of eyes that review every allegation at every point, ensure ...

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ICAC’s ongoing smear shows need for reform

Former NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption commissioner David Ipp, in his response to the review of that agency by its independent inspector, knows of no one whose reputation has been undeservedly trashed by the commission. Not one single person. He refers to several people, including former State Emergency Service commissioner ...

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ICAC Inspector Levine- Call to ditch NSW ICAC ‘theatre’ hearings

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption would be forced to correct its mistakes and abandon the “flamboyance and theatre” of public hearings under proposals being considered by the state government. The changes would subject the commission to an “exoneration protocol” aimed at forcing it to expunge­ adverse findings against people ...

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Arrogant ICAC continues to blunder along.

ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham has made the extraordinary admission that the NSW corruption watchdog has not learned any great lessons from its flawed, discredited and unlawful investigation into one of Sydney’s leading prosecutors, Margaret Cunneen SC. The Australian revealed that the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s pursuit of Ms Cunneen involved ...

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Legal challenges- the excessive abuse of power by faceless bureaucrats, keystone cops and wannabe celebrity lawyers.

One of ICAC’s highest-profile scalps, former NSW police minister Michael Gallacher, is set to return to the Baird government’s frontbench following the state corruption watchdog’s surprise move to back down in its corruption investigation over electoral donations. The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is at risk of a fresh onslaught ...

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ICAC boss Megan Latham under pressure over Margaret Cunneen

The chief of the NSW corruption watchdog was under pressure last night to step down after the ­collapse of relations with the agency’s independent inspector, who found she had abused her power and oversaw unlawful ­conduct. NSW Premier Mike Baird said a damning report produced by the ICAC inspector, former ...

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ICAC boss Megan Latham snubbed inspector David Levine

Commissioner Megan Latham refused to meet ICAC inspector David Levine to ­answer questions about the bungled investigation into prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. The Australian can reveal Mr Levine, a former Supreme Court judge, sought the meeting with Ms Latham while compiling his report into ICAC’s pursuit of Ms Cunneen, which involved ...

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POLITICIANS SPIN FILE #3

Baird backs extension to ICAC’s powers The recent vote in Parliament to extend ICAC’s powers to allow ICAC to initiate criminal charges continues the systematic erosion of governance standards in NSW – particularly as they relate to ICAC – under the Baird Government. To be sure the ICAC and Saint ...

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ICAC ‘omitted’ statement from evidence to DPP on Murray Kear

by: Sharri Markson,  Media Editor, The Australian, November 14, 2015. The NSW corruption watchdog handed over evidence to the ­Director of Public Prosecutions that allegedly omitted statements made in favour of former NSW SES commissioner Murray Kear before his criminal trial. State Emergency Service assistant commissioner Mark Morrow gave a ...

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When mud sticks … cost of ICAC’s rough justice

Prejudice: Chris Merritt,  The Australian, November 06, 2015 When David Levine examined the horrific way in which the NSW justice system treated Newcastle businessman Andrew Poole he did not mince his words. “This outcome represents the dysfunctionality and contradictions that exist in the environment of corruption and investigation in this ...

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