Corrupt cops may have been using a second snitch lawyer

Unlike Nicola Gobbo, this one was assassinated.

 
I’m less interested at this point in VicPol’s habit of rigging prosecutions than I am in the DPP’s unwillingness to charge senior police officers for their crimes. By kicking the can down the road to a “special investigator,” Royal Commissioner Margaret McMurdo bolstered the illusion that the question of whether or not police committed offences is a head-scratcher rather than a no-brainer.

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27 Responses to Corrupt cops may have been using a second snitch lawyer

  1. thefrollickingmole says:

    Heard that one.
    And he was shot to death.
    Did someone snitch?
    Was he killed because he was a police informer?

  2. duncanm says:

    police have refused to reveal whether the gangland lawyer was working for them.

    that’s a ‘yes’, then.

    If he wasn’t, on what planet would they not say so?

    On the special investigator, no doubt they’ll follow the Jennifer Coate model of investigation.

    Where can I invest in whitewash suppliers?

  3. stackja says:

    Dan is the Man. The buck stops with him. On this and the mishandled virus hotels and towers.

  4. Bruce says:

    Cold question: Is McMurdo Sound?

  5. Rex Anger says:

    I dunno, but he’s sure on ice…

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Any resemblance between Victoria Police and a law enforcement body is pure coincidence…

  7. Lee says:

    One rule for Dictator Dan and his mates (including VicPol), another for everyone else.

  8. Perfidious Albino says:

    I see what you did there Bruce and Rex – boom tish…

  9. Rex Anger says:

    Any resemblance between Victoria Police and a law enforcement body is pure coincidence…

    Onlynif they’re.both floating face-down in the Yarra…. 😉

  10. Mother Lode says:

    Well, I suppose injustice must not only be done, but injustice must be seen to be done.

    Once it is established that this kind of corruption is not only tolerated but unchallenged in Victoria then people will know not to push it.

    In a Victorian utopia it will not be necessary to go through these legal asseverations of the divine right of crims. Not only will it not be challenged, but no one would want to fall foul of it. More binding than anyt written law, and never even mentioned.

  11. cuckoo says:

    Forget it Jake, it’s Victoriatown.

  12. H B Bear says:

    Just add it to the list.

  13. jo says:

    We’ve asked everyone but they all said it was the guy who ok’d the covid security check

  14. Anonandon says:

    Let’s hear from that fat pr!ck, Luke Cornelius. He will have a pithy line to explain it away.

  15. Fred says:

    The optics are not good.

  16. Mike Ryan says:

    VICTORIA,
    perpetually in the news for all the WRONG reasons.

  17. Chris M says:

    Having seen how the US does elections Dan has figured the next state one will be chickenfeed. Suck it up Viktorians*, dictator for life.

    * Yes it literally is run as a mini-Russian state now. Lawless corrupt leaders, mafia cops, people falling from windows and other accidents, powerful oligarchs, universal spying, random punishments and incarcerations of proletariat with no reference to law etc. We need a wall.

  18. notafan says:

    I thought that was a given, quite a while back.

  19. Leo G says:

    On the special investigator, no doubt they’ll follow the Jennifer Coate model of investigation.

    I’ve just completed a 4-year correspondence preliminary course in understanding special investigations and, despite my teachers’ best efforts to conceal the definition, i think I have it:

    Special investigation: A search for, and examination of, the particulars of a matter in an attempt to obscure the facts, especially where a motive, cause, or culprit needs to remain hidden.

  20. Suburban Boy says:

    “By kicking the can down the road to a “special investigator” …

    With respect, C.L., I think the point is that McMurdo has no authority to lay charges and prosecute, only to refer findings to a prosecutor. Given the conflicted (to say the least) position of the DPP, a special prosecutor is the appropriate party to assess McMurdo’s findings and then to charge and prosecute as appropriate.

    Obviously that only works if the special prosecutor is someone of real integrity and courage, and of course has no substantial links to the Victorian legal system. I nominate Margaret Cuneen SC for the job.

  21. The Sheriff says:

    Not sure that McMurdo is sound – she must have ALP links as she was part of the bullying clique that forced Tim Carmody to resign from the post of Queensland Chief Justice for the high crime of being appointed by the LNP.

  22. Old Lefty says:

    Meanwhile, is there any intelligence on how the victims of state school teacher Vincent Reynolds fared in suing the Victorian government for their decades of failing to take action against him?

    https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/6209597/how-ex-ballarat-teacher-ruined-my-life/

  23. Old Lefty says:

    You’re right, Sheriff. But not even McMurdo could produce a whitewash (or is the word redwash?) of Coate proportions.

  24. notafan says:

    Old Lefty interesting

    A 32 year career, protected by the state government.

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Lawyer X not alone: ‘snitch’ revealed

    Remy Varga
    Reporter
    @RemyVarga
    14 minutes ago January 19, 2021

    A second Melbourne gangland lawyer has been unmasked as a police informer after it emerged that Joseph “Joe” Acquaro told Victoria Police detectives how to pressure a former client who faced trial over the record tomato tin ecstasy bust.

    Victoria’s Court of Appeal has rejected a Victoria Police bid to suppress the informant status of slain mafia lawyer Acquaro, revealing he had provided information to detectives in 2008 and again in 2014.

    The information has come to light as part of a bid by Calabrian mafia figure Frank Madafferi, who was represented by supergrass Nicola Gobbo leading up to his 2014 drug trafficking conviction, to have the finding overturned in the wake of the Lawyer X scandal.

    In their judgment on Tuesday, justices Karin Emerton, Mark Weinberg and Robert Osborn said transcripts of three conversations between ­Acquaro and police detectives in 2014 could be of “substantial assistance” to the notorious drug trafficker.

    “It seems to us to be reasonable to think that Madafferi may make use of the disclosures, in the sense that they may be of substantial assistance to him in his ­appeal,” they found.

    Acquaro acted as Madafferi’s solicitor from 2000 until the end of 2013, when they had a falling out because of the mobster’s bad influence on the lawyer’s sons.

    Following the split and a brawl between the pair at Acquaro’s restaurant Gelobar in Brunswick East, Acquaro approached police with information on his former client, saying he felt he had “created a monster

  26. Up The Workers! says:

    Nah…surely it was Cardinal George Pell that done it!

    It all sounds like part of a Labor Patton of gross maladministration to me.

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