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Speaking with: David Field about unusual crimes that have changed the law

Speaking with: David Field about unusual crimes that have changed the law

Speaking with: Professor David Field about unusual crimes that have changed the law. CC BY-ND27.2 MB (download)

Is sleepwalking a legitimate defence for murder? Are victims of family violence protected against the premeditated killing of their abuser?

Professor David Field has worked as a public prosecutor, a criminal defence lawyer and as the solicitor for prosecutions in Queensland, a post he occupied for nine years.

He spoke to William Isdale about some extraordinary crimes that have resulted in changes to the criminal law, and the precedents these cases have then established.


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David Field’s book Crimes That Shaped The Law contains true stories of crimes that have resulted in changes to the criminal law. In many of these cases, a miscarriage of justice precipitated reform.