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 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 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.
In 2011 Nicole Cornes successfully sued Network Ten television station for comments made by comedian Mick Molloy on its AFL Before the Game discussion show.
Peter Falconio was a British tourist who disappeared in the N.T. in July 2001 while travelling with girlfriend Joanne Lees. His body was never discovered but Bradley Murdoch was convicted of his murder in 2005. While Joanne was initially portrayed as a victim, media coverage increasingly came to portray her as unemotional and cold.
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).
Jayant Patel, a surgeon, was accused of gross negligence whilst working at the Bundaberg base hospital in Queensland. Deaths of some of Dr Patel's patients led to widespread publicity in 2005 and a long series of court cases.
Thomas Kelly was killed in a one punch attack by Kieran Loveridge in Kings Cross in 2012.
Gerard Baden-Clay was given a life sentence for murdering his wife Allison in April 2012. The case attracted considerable media attention.
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 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.
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 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