Leading criminal lawyers have spoken out against the WA Liberals’ support for automatic jail terms of up to 15 years for meth dealers, with top lawyer Tom Percy QC labelling the policy ‘ridiculous’.
Some time after 2060 an Attorney-General will decide if the Claremont killer should be paroled. Tom Percy reveals why that answer will be a resounding ‘no’ and Edwards will never taste freedom again.
Far from being on its knees, the meth industry is flourishing, especially in WA. So are we actually making any progress in the war on drugs?
The death of any racehorse is a tragedy, irrespective of where, when or how it occurs. But fatalities are comparatively rare, writes Tom Percy.
The swiftness of the AFL to swoop on Willie Rioli should have been mirrored by a similar resolution of the case. By any measure the AFL has behaved reprehensibly and appallingly, writes Tom Percy QC.
Kids as young as 11 do commit criminal offences. Very serious offences, including homicides. So what do you do with them if you raise the age at which they have to go to court?
Imagine being involved in a court case where the judge socialised with the other side’s lawyer. It happens, and we need an independent body to ensure legal communications are above board.
With the Claremont serial killer trial almost in Judge Stephen Hall’s hands, highly respected Queen’s Counsel Tom Percy gives his view on the most important issues in the case.
While needless, tragic and all too frequent, Aboriginal deaths in custody in WA never seem to spark the sort of instant outrage on a grand scale that followed George Floyd’s death last week.
Sexual motive? DNA under fingernails? The most anticipated murder trial in WA history is now under way, as intriguing questions arise from big revelations on day one of WA’s trial of the century.
Tom Percy QC
Whether guilty or innocent, the odds were always stacked against George Pell. But that one of Australia’s most senior and respected judges dissented is a real concern.
George Pell has been convicted and sentenced, but in less than three months he will try to clear his name by seeking leave to appeal. These are the questions that remain.
Top Perth lawyer Tom Percy says he believes the judicial system in Victoria didn’t really give George Pell a chance at a fair trial.
Tom Percy, Opinion
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