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Newman accuses Lawyers of being part of the bikie machine

Newman accuses Lawyers of being part of the bikie machine

Unread postby lazerzap » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:40 pm

Campbell Newman says lawyers for bikies are part of criminal gang machine

Civil libertarians and the legal profession have voiced concerns about new state anti-association laws, which make it illegal for three or more bikies to gather in public.
Bikies who disobey the laws face up to three years in jail, prompting Hannay Lawyers this week to advise its Gold Coast clients to avoid turning up to court if other bikies are there.
But Mr Newman slammed that advice and accused those defence lawyers of being disingenuous.

``These people are hired guns. They take money from people who sell drugs to our teenagers and young people,'' he said.

``Yes, everybody's got a right to be defended under the law but you've got to see it for what it is: they are part of the machine, part of the criminal gang machine, and they will see, say and do anything to defend their clients, and try and get them off and indeed progress ... their dishonest case.''

Unions are defending their decision to help bankroll a legal challenge to the anti-bikie laws.
Mr Newman described defence lawyers as people ``paid by criminal gangs'' when challenged on his assertion.

The Queensland Law Society, the state's peak body for solicitors, called on Mr Newman to reconsider his comments, with president Ian Brown describing them as deeply concerning.

``It is entirely inappropriate to suggest that, as a profession, solicitors are, for want of a better term, hired guns,'' he told AAP.
``Comments such as 'lawyers or solicitors are hired guns' and that 'solicitors will say and do anything to defend their clients', those kind of comments relate to the entirely of the legal profession - solicitors and barristers alike.''

Mr Brown said the premier's comments undermined the legal assumption that someone was innocent until proven guilty, adding that this implied solicitors were breaching their fundamental duty to the court.

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Legal profession condemns Premier Newman's comments

The Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has come under fire for referring to defence lawyers as "hired guns" that are part of a "criminal gang machine".
Steve Austin spoke to the President of the Queensland Bar Association, Peter Davis and criminal lawyer Peter Shields.

Audio Interviews by Steve Austin with two high profile members of the Queensland legal profession.

Peter Davis QC (President of the Queensland Bar Association) Interview.
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Peter Shields (a former police office turned lawyer who represents some of the alleged bikies) Interview.
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'No need' for Campbell Newman to apologise to lawyers: Jarrod Bleijie

"The premier did not in any stage of his interview talk about the entire legal profession, which is now claimed today.
"The premier was asked about a specific matter."
When asked whether Mr Newman should apologise, Mr Bleijie replied: "No"

Reference:

Premier Campbell Newman provokes outrage by calling bikie lawyers 'part of the criminal machine'

"The Premier is wrong," said Mr Magill, whose clients have included Rebels, Bandidos and Finks.
"I'm the one who had to ­actually get rid of people from the courthouse because they were under threat of arrest."
Andrew Bale, who has acted for Rebels and Hells Angels, wrote to Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and the Director of Public Prosecutions in November to ask if 10 clients linked to the Bandidos would be arrested if they fronted court together.
"I haven't been graced with a reply," Mr Bale said.
"The comments of the Premier do little to advance community confidence that the people creating these new laws have any understanding of the administration of justice."

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