The Trial of Peter Khill in the Death of Jon Styres

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The Trial of Peter Khill in the Death of Jon Styres
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One difficulty, I think, is that the state is (not unreasonably) more concerned with the rights of an accused than of a victim.  An Aboriginal accused may, for example, have recourse to a Gladue report, which attempts to address the impact of inequality and racism on that accused, but our system has no such thing for victims.

Even issues of jury selection tend to be more concerned with ensuring that a jury doesn't unduly convict a person of colour than with ensuring that a jury would not unduly acquit a white accused.  And the state really needs to be careful saying "how can we change the system in order to get more convictions?"