Lisa Wilkinson’s Channel Ten bosses send an pressing letter to the judge after disastrous Logies speech delayed Brittany Higgins’ trial – as prosecutor warns The Project host’s feedback sparked a ‘bushfire’ of publicity
- Brittany Higgins’ rape trial has been pushed three months – to October 4
- Lisa Wilkinson, 62, talked about Ms Higgins in her Logie acceptance speech
- Bruce Lehrmann was due to stand trial in ACT Supreme Court on June 27
- His lawyer referred to as the state of affairs a ‘bushfire’ and requested to transfer path to subsequent 12 months
- Former Liberal staffer pleaded not responsible to assaulting Ms Higgins
Lisa Wilkinson’s Channel Ten bosses have despatched an pressing letter to the judge at the helm of Brittany Higgins’ rape trial – as the listening to date is moved to October.
Bruce Lehrmann was charged with sexual activity with out consent following allegations that he raped Ms Higgins in an workplace at Parliament House in March 2019. Mr Lehrmann has pleaded not responsible.
He was due to stand trial on June 27, nevertheless, ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum instructed the information/us-supreme-court/index.html” id=”mol-5dd01030-f28d-11ec-a447-81a4138f223c”>Supreme Court that current media publicity had prejudged his proper to a good trial.
The current occasions she was referring to occurred on Sunday night at the Logie awards – when Network 10 journalist Lisa Wilkinson made reference to Ms Higgins’ allegations throughout her acceptance speech in entrance of one-million viewers.
Mr Lehrmann’s lawyer Steven Whybrow requested Justice McCallum in the Supreme Court on Thursday morning if the listening to may very well be moved to subsequent 12 months due to the ‘bushfire’ of publicity that he believed would nonetheless be burning in three months’ time.
However, the judge stated she wouldn’t wait and set a brand new date of October 4.
The crown prosecutor talked about a letter from Wilkinson and Network 10 that was tendered to the court docket – which incorporates references to the proven fact that ‘interfering with the court docket proceedings may lead to contempt’.
TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (proper)
It is unclear if prosecutors Wilkinson will probably be charged with contempt of court docket, nevertheless, it’s understood that she may discover out about any penalties by the shut of business on Thursday.
Contempt of court docket is when a person who is named to give proof deliberately engages in behaviour thought-about to be disrespectful to the court docket or Justice of the Peace.
The judge defined that Wilkinson is a key witness in the trial, and that the main concern this week was paneling a jury in a list which included the journalist.
She was assured that delaying the trial by three months can be sufficient time to dampen the publicity in the minds of the jurors – regardless of Mr Whybrow’s protests.
‘I instructed you I would not count on that it’ll take longer than six weeks, however I might ask for six weeks for security,’ he instructed the judge.
Justice McCallum replied: ‘I am unable to see how a trial involving a single incident with a single complainant may take six weeks.’
‘I’ve performed advanced homicide trials in lower than that.
‘I can not see the way it can probably take six weeks.’
Lisa Wilkinson is pictured giving her Logies speech on Sunday night time
Justice McCallum stated on Tuesday: ‘The case has accordingly attracted a stage of consideration in the media … that whereas not unprecedented, is actually excessive.’
‘Extensive media reporting of alleged prison conduct shouldn’t be mischievous in itself.
STATEMENT FROM NETWORK TEN
‘Network 10 acknowledges the ruling by Chief Justice McCallum and totally helps Lisa Wilkinson.
‘Both Network 10 and Lisa Wilkinson take their authorized obligations very severely, together with in the preparation and supply of her speech given at the Logies occasion.
‘In mild of the persevering with proceedings, it might be inappropriate to remark additional presently.’
‘What is a possible mischief is media reporting of such points in such a means … it impacts the prison case.’
She defined that whereas jurors may be given instructions to mitigate prejudice, this case was totally different with Wilkinson being a key witness.
Wilkinson received a Logie for her reporting on Ms Higgins’ rape claims.
‘Your honour, this speech didn’t want to be made,’ Lehrmann’s barrister Steve Whybrow stated.
Mr Whybrow launched the keep software on Tuesday, following Wilkinson’s speech.
He stated a short lived keep – basically, a delay – was the solely recourse to permit for a good trial so ‘hostile publicity can dissipate’.
‘It’s untenable in my submission for a trial to be held underneath these circumstances presently,’ he stated.
Justice McCallum slammed the media over its reporting of Wilkinson’s speech.
‘What considerations me most about this current spherical is that the distinction between an allegation and a discovering of guilt has been utterly obliterated … on Sunday and Monday,’ she stated.
‘The implicit premise of (Wilkinson’s speech) is to have fun the truthfulness of the story she uncovered.’
Wilkinson’s speech may see her charged with contempt of court docket.
The case was initially due to start on June 6 however was delayed till June 27 after Lehrmann’s barrister pulled out days earlier than the trial.