‘I’ve been told to be quiet’: Australian lawyer speaks out after her client dies
Posted October 07, 2018 18:19:16 Australian lawyer Jennifer McCarty says she has been told by lawyers that she must not reveal what happened to her client’s child.
In a case which will be heard in the High Court, Ms McCarty will argue that her client, who is in his 60s, was not legally guardians and should have been given up for adoption when he died.
“I’ve heard from the Crown they’ve told me to be silent and not to tell the court, to not tell the media,” Ms McCarter told the ABC.
“[They’ve] said that if I speak to them about this case, that they will be charged for contempt of court and that I would be committing a criminal offence.”
Ms McCarty has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for 22 years and said she has heard from some lawyers that her clients are being “harassed” and are being pressured to drop the case.
The case will be one of the first of its kind to be heard at the High Street and is expected to be argued in the Court of Appeal.
Ms Mackey has been involved in the case since 2010, and has seen her client become a victim of the coronavirus pandemic.
She said she had received several death threats from the CPS, who have asked her to drop her case.
“I feel like it’s a real intimidation tactic to me,” Ms Mackey said.
A coronavaccine expert told the High House in Canberra that coronaviruses like EV-D16, which has killed over 5,000 people in Australia, were linked to the coronovirus.
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