Plea bargains: Putting in a good word to the judge
ABC Law Report - March 4 2014
Criminal lawyer Sam Norton speaks on a recent decision of the High Court now makes it crystal clear that prosecutors can never suggest a specific prison term.
Herald Sun silenced in late-night court case from telling you more about Lawyer X
Herald Sun - April 2 2014
Lawyer, Rob Stary, an accredited criminal law specialist, said a royal commission or independent commission would be the only way to restore confidence in the justice system
Geelong cardiologist Sandy Black placed on sex offenders register for 15 years
Karen Matthews - Geelong Advertiser, May 7 2014
Lawyer Rob Stary said his client had already engaged in extensive psychological treatment to prevent reoffending and address underlying issues.
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Three men accused of buck's weekend rape found not guilty
Adam Cooper - The Age, May 14 2014
A groom and two friends accused of raping a young woman during a buck's weekend trip to Melbourne have been found not guilty by a jury.
Good Samaritans who took law into own hands over Bourke Street assault of woman escape conviction
Steve Butcher - The Age, May 16 2014
Rob Stary, for Martinelli, who pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury, said police had agreed for the case against both men to proceed by way of a diversion hearing on Thursday morning, but another magistrate had refused to grant the application.
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'Mr Big' police sting tactic faces legal threat
Steve Lillebuen - The Age, May 19 2014
Melbourne lawyer Rob Stary agreed, saying Mr Big stings have been criticised for years. The police tactic created by Canadian police in the 1990s was adopted in Victoria to solve at least four unsolved murders.
Conviction threatens international career of champion bocce player Ivan Pepe
Steve Butcher, The Age, July 16 2014
Katarina Ljubicic submitted her young client had shown "extraordinary insight" into his offending which had had a "profound impact on him".
Death driver sentenced to six years
Steve Butcher - The Age, 19 August 2014
Defence lawyer Sam Norton had said that his client's relationship with a woman had ended on Christmas Eve and in a letter to the court Davis apologised to the Hussain family.
Napthine government to introduce sexting laws
Henrietta Cook - The Age, 21 August 2014
Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria's criminal law section Sam Norton said: “Young people were placed on the sex offenders register and had their career ruined. These changes are to be applauded.
Australia launches anti-terrorism offensive
Miran Hosny - Aljazeera News America, 26 August 2014
"You have a great risk of people who travel to any of those locations then being charged with an offence, and then having to establish their innocence, quite probably whilst they are in custody. If they're exonerated, they get no recompense, and that will result in enormous injustice" Robert Stary said.
The politics of "home-grown terror" in Australia
Diana Beaumont - 3CR, Sept 24 2014
Defence lawyer, Rob Stary discusses the political context of latest anti-terror raids, past cases based on entrapment and dubious evidence, and the danger of new legislative norms creeping into the realm of industrial relations and protest policing.
Activists promise to be good after Parliament protest
Steve Butcher, The Age, 16 October 2014
Jesse Smith told Deputy Chief Magistrate Lance Martin that the legislation provided "dramatically expanded, draconian and unprecedented police powers.
Melbourne man charged with funding Islamic State 'defending innocent brothers and sisters'
Judge finds sex offender needs rehabilitation rather than jail
Steve Butcher - The Age, 28 October 2014
As part of his submissions, defence lawyer Lou Richter included a judgment from more than 20 years ago by the then-chief justice John Harber Phillips on an appeal by the man's father against his 23-year jail sentence for sex crimes.