What is happening with the law of sub judice contempt? It seems to be becoming a movable feast. Instead, the legal authorities are turning to the media to police itself -- and apparently being severely disappointed.

Take the reporting of the case of Arthur Phillip Freeman, the man charged with the murder of his four-year-old daughter after allegedly throwing her from the Westgate Bridge.

News reports have identified him by photograph -- and in some cases, address -- identified the family as parties in a family court dispute, identified his remaining children, who may be witnesses in the case, speculated on his mental state, and in one case described the Premier John Brumby "shuddering" when he heard the news of the incident.