Former TV reporter Ben McCormack’s lawyer suggested McCormack’s online chats discussing child sex abuse were ‘fantasy talk’.
There are some online child sex abuse offences in Australia for which a defendant’s claim that they were purely fantasising could excuse criminal liability.
Brain-reading technology can still be tricked.
Most Australians would agree they have a right to privacy, a right not to incriminate themselves, and a right to freedom of thought. Brain fingerprinting threatens all three.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
What is a grand jury, who serves on it and what is it used for? A criminal law expert tells you everything you need to know.
Different local or state government laws apply in different parts of the country in Australia, Germany, the US and Mexico.
Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.
Whether such a verdict would be handed down in Australia remains to be seen, but there are a few things we do know about cases like this one.
Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
AP/ Glenn C. Silva
When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
Chief John Big Tree, Dark Cloud, Jack Cosgrave, Adda Gleason and Robert Goldstein in The Spirit of ‘76 (1917).
During the war, fear of being undermined by the enemy sparked restrictions on freedom of speech. As a result, thousands of Americans were prosecuted.
Actor and presenter Faustina Agolley speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, panellist Faustina Agolley questioned whether there were laws protecting against revenge porn in Australia. As it turns out, it all depends on where you live.
Full-body projection of a witness on glass.
Augmented reality and holographic projections could hold benefits for victims testifying against sexual assault.
About 200 convicted illegal immigrants serving their sentences before being deported, in Phoenix.
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In his first year of office, Trump's immigration policy will likely focus not on building an expensive wall, but rather on the work that earned Obama the nickname 'Deporter in Chief.'
The University of Wollongong's Dr Siobhan McHugh (consulting producer on Fairfax's Phoebe's Fall podcast) speaks with Julie Snyder, Executive Producer of Serial, about making serial audio and the impact of podcasting.
A new focus for the Clinton email inquiry: Huma Abedin.
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Huma Abedin's emails belong to her; the search warrant should be served upon her. Once that happens, she can challenge the warrant's legality.
How is it holding up in this digital age?
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
The FBI has a history of abusing search warrants to illegally read Americans' emails. Did the agency just do it again, in the highest of all high-profile situations?
South Africa’s minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, is under attack.
Closer examination of criminal charges brought against South Africa's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, suggest that they are weak in law and serve a political agenda.
Tributes to Becky Godden.
Killer Christopher Halliwell almost escaped trial after a police officer bent the rules to find one of his victims.
Are people who commit crimes under the influence still responsible?
The issue of crime committed under the influence of prescription drugs has received high profile media attention. So should we be worried about a new wave of prescription drug-induced crime?
A bill that would give courts in NSW the power to restrict offenders departs from existing regimes in many striking ways.
Imposing significant restrictions on the liberty of a person found not guilty subverts the ordinary criminal justice process.
Questions remain about the evidence against Steven Avery.
The Netflix documentary about the case against Wisconsin man Steven Avery has everyone talking. What can you do if you smell a rat?
It may oversimplify the issue but at least a new video animation on consent isn't victim blaming.
SCOTUS effectively continued the practice of lethal injection with its ruling. But is lethal injection really as humane as we think?