Thank heavens for the jury system … [loud applause] … it’s the protector of everyone in this country, from people who hold high office to every member of the community. — Lionel Murphy, Labor politician and High Court judge, Canberra Times, April 29, 1986 Lionel Murphy was speaking in Sydney, outside the New South Wales Banco Court immediately after a jury had found him not guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. This was the conclusion of one of Australia’s great celebrity trials of the 1980s. Murphy, who had been Attorney-General in the Whitlam government, which…
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