Vic electoral fraud case dropped
Herald Sun, April 2016
The niece of independent federal MP Cathy McGowan says she feels vindicated after electoral fraud allegations against her were dropped.
Maggie Ellen McGowan, 27, and her friend Sophie Petrea Fuchsen, 24, were charged with providing false and misleading information after Australian Federal Police alleged they voted in the seat of Indi while living in Melbourne during the 2013 election.
Nene King's ex-housemate Colin Hahne found not guilty of defrauding former Woman's Day editor
ABC News, February 2016
The man accused of defrauding former Woman's Day editor Nene King out of tens of thousands of dollars has been found not guilty of all charges by a Victorian County Court.
Colin Hahne was charged with 35 counts of theft, fraud and falsifying documents.
Iraqi-born Australian avoids jail time over people smuggling
Karen Percy - ABC News, February 2016
An Iraqi-born Australian has avoided jail time after being convicted of assisting people smuggling after helping relatives to come to Australia four years ago.
Wasim Buka, 45, pleaded guilty to two charges of assisting people smuggling after helping his niece, her husband and another relative to reach Australia in late 2011 and early 2012.
Harun Causevic, who had Anzac Day charge dropped, avoids conviction over knives
Adam Cooper - The Age, November 2015
A young Melbourne man once accused of being involved in a terror plot planned for Anzac Day has avoided a conviction and further time in custody over weapons offences.
Harun Causevic, 18, was arrested on April 18 with four other teenagers, in relation to an alleged plot to run down and behead a police officer at an Anzac Day service and then use the officer's gun on a shooting rampage.
Ted Baillieu fleeced of $18,000 by former staffer
Steve Butcher - The Age, November 2015
A trusted member of former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu's staff who defrauded more than $18,000 from his personal cheque account – and forged his signature to do so – has pleaded guilty to four deception charges.
Beyond the Law: Dogs of Law
Patrick Mitchell - Law Institute Victoria, October 2015
The Western Bulldogs Football Club isn’t known as one of the powerhouse clubs of the AFL. It’s dwarfed by the likes of Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Hawthorn in terms of membership, revenue and premierships.
But the club is home to some of Victoria’s sharpest legal minds.
Terror financing charges against Melbourne pizza shop worker dropped
Sam Clark and Dan Oakes - ABC News September 9 2015
Prosecutors have dropped terror financing charges against a Melbourne pizza shop worker due to a lack of evidence.
Hassan El Sabsabi, 24, was charged last year with sending funds to Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al Nusra, but in the Supreme Court today prosecutors announced they were not proceeding with the charges.
Anzac Day terrorism charges against Huran Causevic dropped
ABC News Online - August 25 2015
Charges against Melbourne teenager Harun Causevic, accused of plotting an Anzac Day terrorist attack, will be dropped today, his lawyer says.
His lawyer, Rob Stary, said Commonwealth authorities would drop the terrorism charges at a court appearance today, though a weapons offence would remain.
Epping man accused of trying to join fight against Islamic State granted bail
Rania Spooner - The Age April 13 2015
A Melbourne security guard and homelessness volunteer accused of attempting to travel to the Middle East to join the fight against the Islamic State has been released on bail.
Defence lawyer Sam Norton said Mr Williams had taken steps to engage in the conflict lawfully and was trying to join the Yekineyen Parastina Gel, a Kurdish paramilitary group that was recognised by western nations.
Murder plot by deaf couple and friend captured on CCTV, court told
Wayne Flower - Herald Sun, June 24 2015
Georgia Fields, 19, of Ferntree Gully, walked free from the Supreme Court today on bail despite allegations she plotted to kill her boyfriend’s disabled and deaf flat mate.
In arguing for bail, Mr Smurthwaite said his client was not a risk to the community, would live with her parents and twin sister and adhere to a strict curfew.
Geelong court: OMG, drivers feared brick attack
Karen Matthews - Geelong Advertiser, 28 July 2015
Andrew Zingler, for Julian, said his client had a significant psychiatric history and, in the days leading up to the event, had posted some concerning comments on Facebook.
Mr Zingler said Julian had been a cannabis user for 35 years and planned to be drug free when released from jail.
Robert Stary's Right Hand Man
Carolyn Ford - Law Institute Victoria, July 2015
Robert Stary reserved his highest praise and gratitude for his personal assistant Marco Man, familiar to all in the criminal law fraternity as Mr Stary’s indispensable right hand man.
Melbourne teacher wrongly imprisoned for child abuse demands investigation
Helen Grasswill - Australian Story, June 9 2015
Criminal lawyer Robert Stary, who took on the case a year after Ms Greensill's conviction, said in 30 years of practice it was very rare for him to be so strident about a person's innocence.
Minson to take on Giants after successful appeal
Nick Bowen - AFL.com, May 28 2015
The ruckman's advocate, Sam Norton, asked the Appeals Board for leniency, noting that Minson had pleaded guilty and apologised to Chrystie on the ground and again before Tuesday night's Tribunal hearing.
Lawyer of terror accused says he should not be held in maximum security
NineMSN - April 21 2015
"There shouldn't be any pre-emptive decisions about whether this man is innocent or guilty," Rob Stary said outside court.
"He should be treated in same way as any other remand prisoner. He should be housed in an appropriate remand facility, not in the state's maximum security unit."
Man declares his innocence after being charged with the murder of his wife
The elderly husband who has been charged with the murder of two women in Victoria nearly 24 years ago - one of them being his wife - has described the accusations as 'bizarre'.
Alleged jihadis could be offered bail support program
Nino Bucci - The Age, 20 May 2015
Alleged jihadis would have access to religious guidance, education and psychological assessment under a bail support program being developed in Melbourne.
Geelong West man uses stolen credit card on booze and fast food
Karen Matthews - Geelong Advertiser, 12 March 2015
Police Prosecutor, Senior Constable Jacki Davis, said Clifford and his co-accused targeted only stores that used the controversial PayWay system, buying items including a diary and artist’s sketch pad, clothing, fishing lures, cigarettes, spirits and food.
Andrew Zingler, for Clifford, said his client’s offending occurred during a period when he was trying to get his life together.