Can 'Dr Death' receive a fair trial?
AbstractIdentification of a person suspected of a heinous crime before being charged risks prejudicing a fair trial. The identification of rogue former Queensland surgeon Dr Jayant Patel is but one recent example. Present laws place this type of negative publicity outside the reach of sub judice contempt. This article argues there should be a change in the law making it an offence for the media to publish the fact that a person is under investigation until the person has been charged.
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