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1. DPP to appeal Gerard Baden-Clay’s manslaughter verdict.
Queensland’s Director of Public Prosecutions will appeal Gerard Baden-Clay’s manslaughter verdict.
Baden-Clay, who was last year sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife Allison, had his murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter earlier this month.
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said in a statement yesterday “I have been advised that the DPP intends to file the application when the High Court registry opens on Monday 4 January.”
This will give the DPP 28 days to lodge an outline of argument with the High Court. The defence will then be given 21 days to outline its argument before the High Court schedules a date to hear the applications.
Her close friend Nicole Morrison told The Courier Mail the move was welcomed by Allison’s family.
“We are very pleased the DPP has announced it will file the special leave application to the High Court.”
2. Arrest warrant issued for Bill Cosby over 2004 sexual assault charge.
Bill Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal charges brought against the comedian.
Prosecutors accused him of plying former Temple University employee Andrea Constand with pills and wine, then penetrating her with his fingers without her consent, while she was drifting in and out of consciousness, unable to resist or cry out.
The charges came down just days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.
Cosby acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual.