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Undercover South Australia Police Operation Foiled Plot To Murder Two SA Judges, Court Told

An undercover police operation stopped two South Australian prisoners from acting on a plot to kill two judges and threaten the life of a senior police officer, a court hears.

Hendrik Gysbertus Van Schaik and Frederick Bernard Walkuski have gone on trial charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to endanger life.

The Supreme Court heard Walkuski wanted revenge on District Court Judge Paul Rice for a 17-year sentence he imposed in May 2009.

Walkuski allegedly offered Van Schaik $15,000 to murder Judge Rice and his wife Rosemary Davey, who is also a judge.

Prosecutor Sandi McDonald said Van Schaik was going to firebomb the judge’s house and, for a further $5,000, also set fire to the car and home of Chief Inspector Craig Wall.

Read more in ABC News.

Source: www.abc.net.au

What Queensland Chief Justice Tim Carmody Said To Colleagues When Resigning

After 11 months of controversy, Tim Carmody finally silenced his critics by tendering his resignation as the state’s Chief Justice.

In what Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said were “unprecedented” circumstances, Justice Carmody stepped down from Queensland’s highest judicial position, effective from July 2, but has chosen to remain on the Supreme Court bench.

In May this year, Queensland’s next most senior judge, President of the Court of Appeal Margaret McMurdo, refused to work with Justice Carmody following allegations of bias regarding the appeal of Daniel Morcombe’s murderer Brett Peter Cowan, after it emerged Justice Carmody had met with child safety campaigner Hetty Johnson while considering Cowan’s appeal.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Queensland Government In Talks With Chief Justice Carmody On Resignation

Queensland’s deputy premier says talks about Chief Justice Tim Carmody’s resignation are progressing, but insists no deal is being negotiated.

It’s been three weeks since Mr Carmody publicly flagged his intention to resign from the post in order to end months of bitter judicial infighting.

Read more on Sky News.

Source: www.skynews.com.au

Queensland Chief Justice Refers To Judges As ‘Scum’ In Secret Recording

A Queensland judge reportedly made a secret recording of a heated conversation with Chief Justice Tim Carmody during a meeting in which he allegedly referred to the state’s judiciary as “scum”.

Justice Carmody’s role as Chief Justice has come under increasing scrutiny after a series of spats with members of Queensland’s judiciary.

In the latest sign of tensions on the bench, The Australian reported that Justice John Byrne used a smart phone to secretly record an expletive-laden meeting in February with Chief Justice Carmody and Justice David Boddice…

Source: www.abc.net.au