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Trial reports    June 2, 2008  
Judy Davis v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Actress Judy Davis wins her defamation action against The Daily Telegraph as both the paper’s defences – statutory qualified privilege and honest opinion – go down. The jury finds that Nationwide News was actuated by malice ... more

Trial reports    June 2, 2008  
Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd/Davis v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Quitting while behind? Channel Seven promptly settles with Mercedes Corby after a youthful jury of four delivers her a resounding victory. Meanwhile, the jury in Judy Davis’ action against The Daily Telegraph retires to consider the defences to two defamatory imputations ... more

Trial reports    May 28, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd and 5 Ors

Closing addresses. The jury in the Corby trial hears over-arching advocacy from both sides of the bar table as Littlemore’s Mercedes Corby, an “ordinary Australian mother-of-three”, is pitted against Hughes’ Jodie Power, a “brave whistleblower who exposed a great evil” ... more

Trial reports    May 16, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd & 5 Ors

The estranged husband of Seven’s key witness, Jodie Power, makes a surprise appearance in the witness box to accuse his wife of being “nuts”. Cross-examination of the plaintiff, Mercedes Corby, raises the fascinating question of how many puffs there are in a joint ... more

Trial reports    May 13, 2008  
Judy Davis v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

As The Daily Telegraph winds up its evidence, NSW Supreme Court Justice Peter McClellan considers “splitting” the jury’s deliberations along old section 7A lines. Meanwhile, the jury hears contradictory accounts of actress Judy Davis’ demeanour at a Leichhardt Council meeting ... more

Trial reports    May 12, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd & 5 Ors

Mercedes Corby opens her much-anticipated evidence in reply. She accuses Ron Bakir, a one time supporter of Schapelle Corby and Robin Tampoe, the lawyer her sister sacked after she was convicted, of putting Seven’s key witness Jodie Power “up to it” i.e. making false allegations on Today Tonight ... more

Trial reports    May 8, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd & 5 Ors

Jodie Power’s mother flies in from Gympie to give startling evidence in Mercedes Corby’s defamation action against Channel Seven. Meanwhile, another Seven witness watches helplessly as her evidence crumbles under her own hand ... more

Trial reports    May 7, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd & 5 Ors

After three days of aggressive cross-examination, Seven’s key witness, Jodie Power, begins to show the strain. As inconsistencies mount in her evidence, Power insists she told the truth, not lies, for money. Justice Carolyn Simpson tells Corby’s barrister to “stop shouting” ... more

Trial reports    May 6, 2008  
Judy Davis v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Notions of celebrity and civility infuse the start of actress Judy Davis’ defamation action against The Daily Telegraph over three articles she claims portray her as a petulant, heartless, selfish child-hater and hypocrite ... more

Trial reports    May 2, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd & 5 Ors

The jury in Mercedes Corby’s defamation action against Channel Seven sees and hears graphic evidence of the plaintiff’s drug use in Australia, Japan and Bali. Meanwhile, Seven’s key witness accuses Corby’s counsel of defaming her ... more

Trial reports    April 30, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd & 5 Ors

Justice Carloyn Simpson declines to discharge the jury in Mercedes Corby’s defamation action against Channel Seven. More impassioned outbursts feature – this time from the public gallery. Seven’s star witness links at least two Corbys with the drug trade ... more

Trial reports    April 29, 2008  
Mercedes Corby v Channel Seven Sydney Pty Ltd & 5 Ors

High drama and low jibes characterise the first day of Mercedes Corby’s defamation action against Channel Seven, Today Tonight host Anna Coren, reporter Bryan Seymour and star witness Jodie Power. Corby’s barrister calls the programs “cheap sensationalism”. Seven’s barrister calls for a jury discharge ... more

Trial reports    April 15, 2008  
Kevin John Enniss v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd

Kevin Enniss, a former Australian Federal Police informer who operated in Indonesia, has been almost entirely successful in a second defamation action against Nine’s Sunday program. This time the jury found nine out of ten imputations conveyed and defamatory, including that he is a people smuggler ... more

Trial reports    April 9, 2008  
Archer Field v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

After five days of intense cross-examination involving dozens of letters of complaint, the former operator of Jenolan Caves House refuses to accept their veracity. The trial takes on a Pythonesque demeanour ... more

Trial reports    April 3, 2008  
Archer Field v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

An excess of former attorneys general have featured in the first week of Archer Field’s defamation action against The Sunday Telegraph. Field tells the NSW Supreme Court Bob Debus conspired to ruin him. Jeff Shaw admits he made a mistake ... more

Trial reports    February 21, 2008  
Geoffrey King (Orsborn) v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

The start of Geoffrey King (Orsborn)’s defamation trial exposes the curious ethics underlying the short-term money-lending business. Things get interesting when Fairfax’s lawyer, Alec Leopold SC, (pic) suggests the plaintiff is “a lying hound” ... more