The Law Nicola Gobbo named - Massive corruption by Victoria Police that will see major criminals released from jail

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any recognition between me and Nicola Gobbola or anything related to this name is utterly incomprehensible and will be taken to mean
absolutely under tides and we are all going to rattle no cages according to where we are coming from..
 

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But, perhaps the most detrimental effect of this scandal is its undermining of the Rule of Law. Basic safeguards that underpin the legal profession, such as client confidentiality, representation of a client’s best interests and disclosure of any conflicts of interests were thrown out the window.
SYDNEY CRIMINAL LAWYERS
 

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Reports in the media that the Andrews government is toying with the idea of introducing special laws to detain prisoners who were denied due process in the lawyer X scandal.
Surely that can't get through?

Most of the Spring St snouts are lawyers who know where they're headed as soon as their political career is over. They won't want to cut off their avenues to gainful employment when they've finished with politics. Not to mention the number of legal challenges such a bill is likely to face.
 

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Surely that can't get through?

Most of the Spring St snouts are lawyers who know where they're headed as soon as their political career is over. They won't want to cut off their avenues to gainful employment when they've finished with politics. Not to mention the number of legal challenges such a bill is likely to face.
The Victorian government has absolute power within it"s sphere of constitutional powers.There are no applicable separation of powers within it's sphere.

I hope people start to realise the latent totalitarian model that lies within the hands of politicians in this state. It's downright dangerous.

They may actually be able to legally do outrageous things like this.
 

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The Victorian government has absolute power within it"s sphere of constitutional powers.There are no applicable separation of powers within it's sphere.

I hope people start to realise the latent totalitarian model that lies within the hands of politicians in this state. It's downright dangerous.

They may actually be able to legally do outrageous things like this.
That is scary - retrospective adjudication after a court process has proven to be flawed.
 

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Surely that can't get through?

Most of the Spring St snouts are lawyers who know where they're headed as soon as their political career is over. They won't want to cut off their avenues to gainful employment when they've finished with politics. Not to mention the number of legal challenges such a bill is likely to face.
Its VIcPol mate - they stuffed it and like always now seek more legislative powers
 

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They've already done effectively that to Julian Knight and Craig Minogue - changed their sentences a long time down the track for contemporary political reasons.
 

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They've already done effectively that to Julian Knight and Craig Minogue - changed their sentences a long time down the track for contemporary political reasons.

The affidavit case also. They wallpaper over due process in order to serve political populism.

It's entry level dictatorial stuff.
 

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The corrupt cops are starting to shit themselves.

As predicted, they're wheeling out "the gangland war" as the reason for perverting the course of justice.

Victoria Police split over royal commission into Nicola Gobbo

By Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago and Tammy Mills
March 8, 2019 — 11.30pm

A major split has opened up within Victoria Police between force command and rank-and-file officers ahead of the royal commission into the use of underworld barrister Nicola Gobbo as an informer. Police officers who were directly responsible for managing Ms Gobbo have hired their own lawyers - led by a renowned former County Court judge - fearing, according to people close to the investigation, that force command could “throw them under the bus” in a bid to avoid responsibility for the scandal.

The move by ordinary officers means the royal commission could hear two quite distinct stories from Victoria's police about who was responsible for recruiting and managing Gobbo as an informer, and who was to blame for the arrangement going off the rails. The Age has also separately heard that Victoria Police has been refusing to hand over documents sought by the royal commission, despite pledges the force would cooperate fully with the inquiry.

Victoria Police are using the same justifications to refuse handing over documents as those that were overruled by successive courts, including the High Court, according to sources. The impasse could see Victoria Police hauled before the Supreme Court or even subject to raids under the royal commission’s power to obtain search warrants. Failing to comply with a “notice to produce” is a criminal offence punishable by up to two years prison. “Victoria Police remains committed to full and transparent engagement with the Royal Commission,” a spokesman said. The royal commission declined to comment on the conflict, except to say through a spokeswoman: “The Commission is continuing to receive a great deal of material from a number of sources in response to notices to produce and is assessing that material”.Victoria Police has hired veteran Queensland barrister Saul Holt QC and solicitors Corrs Chambers Westgarth to represent it. But a number of former members of the human source unit, which handled Ms Gobbo and other police informants, and was overhauled in 2013, have hired retired County Court judge Geoffrey Chettle to represent them. Mr Chettle retired from the bench last year. As a judge, he jailed Christian Brother paedophile Robert Best and gangland boss Rocco Arico. The representation is being funded by the Police Association, the union for the state’s 14,000 police officers. A Victoria Police spokesman said the chief commissioner had made it clear that support for all police, both serving and veteran, is of paramount concern. “Accordingly we are working hard to ensure those impacted by these matters have access to legal support and a full range of welfare services,” he said. “Individuals of course have the option of seeking independent legal advice if they wish to do so.”

Ms Gobbo, who is also known as Informer 3838, was potentially involved in hundreds of criminal cases and trials since she was first registered as a human source in 1995. The decision by some officers to break away from command came despite a plea for unity made to more than 50 current and former staff, including an assistant commissioner, during a crisis meeting called shortly after the royal commission was announced in December. Those investigators, who were involved in many of the most important criminal cases run during Melbourne’s underworld war, were told the police would be vindicated by the royal commission and they should avoid speaking out independently or leaking to the media. Numerous current and former police officers will give evidence. Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton stood by the police involved in his first public statement about Ms Gobbo when the story broke in December. “The officers, both current and veteran, who managed the informer and worked on these investigations acted in good faith and they can expect to have my continuing support,” Mr Ashton said. Ms Gobbo became an informer when Melbourne was in the grip of the gangland war, he said. “It was, accordingly, a desperate and dangerous time and a genuine sense of urgency was enveloping the criminal justice system, including police,” he said. “At all times when handling these matters, our absolute concern has been for the protection of the lawyer and their family who Victorian police believed would be murdered if this information would be released.” It’s not clear if former senior police leaders, including former chief commissioners Simon Overland and Christine Nixon will also be called, and if they will also have separate legal representation.

Another crucial point for the royal commission is what the Victorian government solicitor’s office - known as the VGSO - knew about the use of the lawyer as an informer. If government lawyers gave police the green light, scrutiny will shift from the force and onto the VGSO. Ms Gobbo was first registered as an informer in 1995, before she began practicing as a lawyer. Sources say she also provided police with secret information over a five-month period in 1999 a year after she was admitted to the bar. She was then given the informer number 3838 when she was registered again in 2005 and deregistered in 2009.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/...ission-into-nicola-gobbo-20190308-p512u8.html
 
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