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Evan Whitton Articles from 2004
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Evan Whitton    December 14, 2004  
Evan Whitton pleads for an end to paper pleadings

Give Sir John Prisot, CJ of Common Pleas, a large Cuban cigar. He smelled a lying rodent when a lawyer first slipped him a paper pleading. ... more

Evan Whitton    November 30, 2004  
Double jeopardy, boil and bubble

NSW first law officer B. Debus comes to grief trying to get his changes to the double jeopardy rule through the Labor caucus. Remember, this was the rule that saved the bacon of the battlers’ friend John (“Pig’s Arse”) Elliott. ... more

Evan Whitton    November 17, 2004  
Libel law based on lies distributes cash to liars. Now Ruddock wants to let criminals sue from the grave

Remember all those crooks who told lies under oath and won their defamation cases? Now first law officer P. Ruddock wants to allow criminals to sue from the grave. ... more

Evan Whitton    November 5, 2004  
Entirely a matter for you

“You are now to retire, as indeed should I, carefully to consider your verdict of Not Guilty.” A reprise of the Peter Cook skit, Entirely a Matter for You. ... more

Evan Whitton    October 20, 2004  
Academics are the ones who take law seriously - yet they take no strides to fix the ills of the adversary process

Recalling the troubling insights of A.P. Herbert, Sir Thomas Erskine May, Jeremy Bentham and Alan Dershowitz (among others) ... more

Evan Whitton    October 4, 2004  
How the RICO law nabbed a lot of judges and lawyers

In Chicago between 1984 and 1994, the wretched RICO law gaoled 20 judges for extorting bribes, and 50 lawyers for paying them. Happily, that sort of thing could never happen here, but the episode did tend to give new meaning to the term cartel … more

Evan Whitton    August 11, 2004  
Asleep in Toowoomba's windowless courtrooms

Evan Whitton slept through the Toowoomba magistrate’s hearings. Now he asks, “Why is the justice system so weird?” ... more