An old tweet shows that Lisa Wilkinson was aware of the dangers of mentioning the trial of Brittany Higgins.

An old tweet revealed that Lisa Wilkinson was aware of the dangers of publicly mentioning the trial of Brittany Higgins after her speech got her into serious trouble.

A new tweet revealed that Lisa Wilkinson was aware of the dangers of mentioning the Brittany Higgins trial long before the Gold Logies weekend.

Wilkinson “completely blurred” the line between a conviction and a guilty plea, according to ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum, who subsequently adjourned the trial of Higgins-indicted rapist Bruce Lehrmann.

But just a year ago, Wilkinson tweeted that “naming a person on social media and passing a sentence can have dire consequences for the outcome of any trial.”

“Regarding the question of a 26-year-old man who was called for alleged sexual assault of a woman at Parliament House in March 2019, can I implore everyone to respect what is happening here,” she tweeted in August 2021.

This came after Australian Bar President Dr Matthew Collins told Seven’s Sunrise what Project the host can be in serious trouble due to the head judge’s harsh comments.

“It is possible that the authorities will consider the speech she gave before the lodges and assess that the speech was contrary to the standard that is applied in this branch of law,” he said.

“That standard is, did anything she did tend to interfere with the course of justice?”

Under the ACT Penal Code, a person can be charged with a misdemeanor if they publish “something that could lead to a miscarriage of justice in a trial.”

Intentionally committing this act carries a maximum penalty of 1,000 fine units, 10 years’ imprisonment, or both, while doing so recklessly carries a maximum penalty of 700 fine units, seven years’ imprisonment, or both. both.

Judge McCallum said she gave the order to push back the scheduled start date for the trial to June 27 with “gritting her teeth.” “Unfortunately…recent publicity [of the speech] in my opinion, it changes the landscape,” she said.

“Because of its immediacy, its intensity and its ability to obliterate an important distinction between a statement that remains unverified by law. For these reasons, regrettably and with clenched teeth, I have come to the conclusion that the June 27 trial date, which the parties have carefully sought, must be cancelled.”

Dr. Collins said mainstream media representatives “understand the risk involved in discussing cases that need to go to trial, especially serious and high-profile cases.”

“Clearly it was reckless,” he said.

“The whole point is that everyone in our community who is faced with such a serious charge is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, which means that when entering the courtroom, there should be no prejudice about this or that, so that the jury just sits and focuses very carefully on the evidence that is revealed at the site of the testimony and puts out of their minds everything they might have seen in the media or, God forbid, and often much worse, social media.”

A spokesperson for Network 10 acknowledged the court’s decision and said the network “fully supports” Wilkinson.

with Frank Chung

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: