Does the Law Apply to Australian Woke Princess?

Does the Law Apply to Australian Woke Princess? By Janet Albrechtsen.

Understandably, many lawyers are quietly expecting charges to be laid against Lisa Wilkinson, star of Network 10’s The Project. Senior silks well versed in the finer detail of laws that prohibit a person from interfering with the administration of justice are asking this: If Wilkinson is not prosecuted, what more does a person need to do to attract the attention of the authorities entrusted to ensure the fair trial of a defendant? …

Last week, ACT Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum said this about Lisa Wilkinson’s comments at the Logies a few days earlier: “The implicit premise of (Lisa Wilkinson’s speech) is to celebrate the truthfulness of the story she exposed.” The judge said “what concerns me the most … is that the distinction between an allegation and a finding of guilt has been completely obliterated”. …

Section 714 of the ACT’s Criminal Code …  says it is a criminal offence if a person “publishes something that could cause a miscarriage of justice in a legal proceeding”. If done intentionally, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for 10 years or a fine of $160,000, or both. If the person does so recklessly, the maximum penalty is $112,000 and a seven-year jail term, or both. …

First, Wilkinson’s comments were planned. She read from a piece of paper. Second, prior to the Logies, she told ACT DPP Shane Drumgold that any speech she gave would be broadcast by Channel 9, the rival network that carried the Logies event. In other words, Wilkinson knew her comments would be published widely across the country. Third, Wilkinson knew the dangers of interfering with the administration of justice; she warned others by tweeting about the danger on August 6, 2021. Fourth, Wilkinson spoke with Drumgold in advance about her possible speech, with Drumgold warning her but refusing to act as a “speech editor”. Fifth, it is not unreasonable to surmise Wilkinson had an obvious interest in securing a conviction against Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of rape by Brittany Higgins.

A guilty verdict would vindicate Wilkinson’s work. A not guilty verdict would raise questions as to why a man’s reputation and life has been wrecked, and whether Higgins’s version of the boozy night that ended in a minister’s office was false. …

If Wilkinson is not charged, it begs the question of whether there is a separate standard for a woke princess? Would a conservative journalist receive the same treatment from the ACT DPP?

Any prosecution of Wilkinson will have to wait until after Lehrmann’s rape trial. I predict Wilkinson will get away with it, because she is woke.