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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.
- CBC Digital Archive: 1990: Supreme Court accepts battered wife syndrome defence
- The New York Times:‘Dingo’s Got My Baby’ Trial by Media Retro Report
- ABC: Stafford lawyer calls for Holland murder inquiry
- ABC: Azaria case closes after 32yrs
- ABC Radio National: Battered woman defence
- SBS: Is the provocation defence allowing killers to get off lightly?
- Global Newspaper: Ivan Milat Inside the mind of a serial killer
- Channel TEN: Sydney’s 5:00PM newscast
- PBS: The Brain with David Eagleman
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.