Tough Non-Parole Laws Criticised

24th August 2012 1:41 PM

A tougher stance on Queensland’s criminal law penalties has been criticised by prominent criminal defence lawyer Bill Potts as poorly- considered ‘law on the run’ measures which suggest the State Government has no trust in its judges.

Law changes pushed through parliament this week include a controversial new 25-year non-parole period for a person convicted of murdering a police officer in the line of duty.

The Criminal Law Amendment Bill pushes through a range of tougher penalties, with a doubling of the sentence for a serious assault on a police officer from seven to 14 years. Continue reading Tough Non-Parole Laws Criticised

Lawyer Casts Doubt Over Police Killers Crackdown

ABC online

A Gold Coast criminal defence lawyer has questioned the effectiveness of introducing tougher penalties for killing police officers.

Queensland Parliament last week passed new laws, which will increase the non-parole period for murder from 15 to 20 years.

Anyone who reoffends or kills a police officer would face a lengthier jail term.

Solicitor Bill Potts says the laws appear to be an emotional response to the death of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding last year. Continue reading Lawyer Casts Doubt Over Police Killers Crackdown