UK ‘miscarriages’ model rejected by South Australia

first_imgSouth Australia is now highly unlikely to adopt a UK-style Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), following a report by the parliament’s legislative review committee. The committee also cautioned against the creation of a CCRC at a national level. The Australian Human Rights Commission had contended that lack of ability of the courts to fully rehear a matter could contravene Australia’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Advances in forensic science were also a factor in deciding to review the law, in particular technical advances that allowed evidence to be retested. Key reforms proposed by the Committee included a recommendation that a conviction could be appealed at any time if the evidence was tainted, or if fresh or compelling evidence cast ‘reasonable doubt’ on the conviction. A forensic science review panel should be established by the Attorney General, the committee also concluded. These are lower standards of appeal than currently apply. The report was welcomed by campaigners for reform of the UK’s CCRC, including campaigning group The Innocence Network.last_img read more

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Port Isabel man dies in hit and run

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Port Isabel man died after a hit-and-run last Friday morning, authorities report.Genaro Juarez Lopez, was walking near Isabel’s Café in Port Isabel when he was struck by a motorist at approximately 8:45 a.m., Port Isabel Police Chief Robert Lopez (no relation) said in a phone interview earlier this week.The driver, Brownsville resident Leonel Abarca, was not familiar with the area, Lopez said. He was attempting to return to Highway 100 from Port Road when the incident occurred, the chief said. “He was going to drive on Port Road to go back around at the light,” Lopez said.“When he was turning there in front Isabel’s … he hit that gentleman,” he said.Port Isabel EMS responded to the scene and attempted to resuscitate Lopez, continuing to perform CPR as they transported him to Valley Regional Hospital in Brownsville, Lopez said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedTRAGEDY: Motorcyclist evading police strikes, kills pedestrianBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Officials say a motorcyclist who was riding erratically and evading police struck and killed a pedestrian in Port Isabel last Sunday evening. The rider, identified as Mercedes resident Ronnie Huerta, 33, was seen weaving through traffic on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway at…March 9, 2018In “News”Huerta charged with intoxication manslaughterArrest comes 7 months after motorcycle crash led to death of former PRESS editor Liz Sweeten By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Port Isabel police today arrested a man in connection with the death of former Port Isabel – South Padre Press journalist Elizabeth “Liz” Sweeten. Ronnie Huerta, 33,…November 2, 2018In “News”Student struck by car on Port Road in critical conditionBy Gaige Davila [email protected] A Port Isabel High School student was struck by a car on Port Road in Port Isabel around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, according to Port Isabel Police Department. The student, who is 17-years-old, is currently in Valley Regional Hospital in Brownsville, Texas. As of Wednesday…January 16, 2020In “News”last_img read more

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