DUGGAN STANDS DOWN – Tuesday July 23 2013

– The ACT government is expected to appoint a new head to the probe into David Harold Eastman’s 1995 murder conviction within days.
The replacement will take over from previous head, acting Justice Kevin Duggan, after he disqualified himself from the inquiry at a special hearing on Monday.
Justice Duggan told the court he recently viewed documents, subpoenaed by the inquiry, relating to inquiries into the alleged involvement of Italian organised crime in the 1989 murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester. The judge said the documents contained a reference to a person he had previously acted for as counsel on three occasions.
“I had no inkling before that discovery that there was a reference to [my former client] in the document…or that he would have any connection with this inquiry,” he said.
“In my view this fact, coupled with the context in which the man’s name is mentioned and the fact that evidence will be led as to the activities of various people mentioned in the police material, led to the conclusion that it would be inappropriate for me to preside over the inquiry.”
But Justice Duggan said his withdrawal would not affect the scheduled inquiry start date in November.
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the judge had notified the government of his decision late last week and the search for a replacement had already begun – Michael Inman

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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