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Use the following links to information sources as a platform to extend your own research about one of the following Australian legal cases.

Eugene Mcgee

Eugene McGee was driving a car that hit and killed cyclist Ian Humphrey in 2003 on Kapunda Road in South Australia.

The S.A. government was called upon by the media and public and the victim's family to investigate the initial lenient sentence.

Daniel Morcombe

Daniel Morcombe was abducted from the Sunshine Coast on 7 December 2003 aged 13 years old. There was a massive media interest in the case over a long period of time.

Should the Courier-Mail’s front page heading above of February 21, 2014 have forced the trial to be aborted? Should it be grounds for a sub judice contempt charge? Should it be grounds for Cowan’s appeal?

Peter Falconio

Joe Hockey

An article headlined "Treasurer for sale" in 2014 published in newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and online sparked defamation action by the Treasurer Joe Hockey.  The reports related to Mr Hockey's involvement with Liberal Party fundraising group the North Sydney Forum (NSF).

Thomas Kelly

Martin Bryant

Martin Bryant pleaded guilty to murdering 35 people and injuring 23 others in the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. He is currently serving 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without parole in the psychiatric wing of Risdon Prison in Hobart.

Dianne Brimble

Dianne Brimble died of a drug overdose aboard a P & O cruise on 23rd September 2002. There was criticism of the tabloid media coverage of her death and the pursuit of the men identified as the perpetrators of this crime.

Jill Meagher

Jill Meagher was raped and murdered while walking home on the 22nd September 2012. The role of social media in this case which may have led to the prejudicing of the jury pool became a matter of concern in legal circles.

Robert Hughes

Snowtown murders

The Snowtown murders, also known as the bodies in the barrels murders, were a series of muders committed between August 1992 and May 1999 in South Australia. Numerous suppression orders were issued by the court to stop the leaking of information to the media and consequently to prospective jurors.

Lindy Chamberlain

Lindy Chamberlain was originally accused of killing her baby Azaria while camping at Ayers Rock in 1980. In 2012 a final inquest found that a dingo had taken the baby from the campsite and caused her death. The case became an example of trial by the media.

Michael and Lindy Chamberlain