Magistrate blocks police attempt to rewrite ‘barely plain English’ charges against BLM rally organisers

But defence barrister Patrick Doyle, SC, submitted that other “defective” cases with the same fatal flaws had been withdrawn.

He also argued an accused person had the right to know and be able to interpret the case against them at the time, not two years later.

In the days before the 2020 protest, newly appointed chief commissioner Shane Patton said the organisers would be held accountable if they went ahead with the rally.

The organisers said the protest was intended to highlight systemic racism and Aboriginal deaths in custody and mirrored similar marches across the world following the…



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