Jul 17, 2017

The Turnbull connection: judge in the Amber Harrison case keeps powerful company

One interested observer in today’s judgment will be Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the best friend of Bruce McWilliam and someone who has known Justice Sackar a very long time.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

who is the Amber Harrison judge?

Seven West Media legal director Bruce McWilliam

At 2pm today, Justice John Sackar will deliver his judgment in the titanic trial between Seven West Media and Amber Harrison.

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12 thoughts on “The Turnbull connection: judge in the Amber Harrison case keeps powerful company

  1. Anne M F

    As someone who is not in the public eye, does not associate with high flyers, who just reads newspapers and watches non-commercial television – this whole case seems to me to be total overkill. Are CEOs never to be held to account for their behaviour? The message any non-involved person would get from this is – do not ever criticise the people at the top of an organisation or they will be happy to use however many millions it takes to completely bankrupt and ruin you. Is it because, horror of horrors, it was a woman who brought the charges?

  2. paddy

    Fascinating background piece today Stephen.
    It would be lovely if the judge surprised us all. But I’m not holding my breath.

  3. klewso

    What an incestuous bully-boy bog? Ripe for a pyrrhic victory.

  4. Peter Wileman

    It’s just like a TV show isn’t it? The evil, power hungry, filthy rich against the ‘battler’. This one won’t make TV though because the little person can’t win against such cronyism that includes our glorious leader with his spiteful, vindictive, self serving mates determined to crush all who stand in their way

  5. Dog's Breakfast

    I would be interested in any article Michael Bradley might want to write on this, and the idea of apprehended bias.

    As the stereotypical legal lay person/man on the street, this has a certain whiff about it.

    1. Barbara Haan

      Definitely doesn’t pass the pub test.

  6. MJM

    Result now out and Amber Harrison is up for the legal fees of Seven West. She ought to try crowd funding. Plenty of us seem to be totally fed up with the power of senior execs to wager lengthy cases to defend the indefensible.

    1. CML

      Good idea, MJM…the only trouble with the ‘crowdfunding’ is that these bastards are going to end up with the money!!

  7. Duncan Gilbey

    Interesting to compare the progress of this (ahem) affair with similar events at the AFL last week.
    Makes the AFL look like perfect gentlemen in comparison.

  8. bjb

    Just goes to show the legal profession is a rich person’s club, and the law as it stands is merely a device used by the rich to keep the poor in line.

  9. AR

    As always, Wobblelance’s minor Henry VI character, Dick the Butcher was spot on the problem with a just society, “First, shoot all the lawyers!”.
    The Law is an ass coz it has arseholes dealing with it.
    Can it be coincidence that the single largest group in all our Parliaments (state slightly less shyster ridden than federal but still overrun) is law graduates – most of who weren’t even competent enough to coin it in practice so took the easy option of pandering & toadying in politics.
    Eat the rich but keep a stomach pump handy.

  10. Sue Murray

    Is there a suggestion here that these personal connections may have influenced Justice Sackar in his judgement in this case? This is a serious assumption and should be looked at further, as it impugns the reputation of the judge. A reading of the final judgement would be advisable, Stephen Mayne. Amber Harrison is not a victim, in my view. She is a thinking adult who entered into a consensual sexual relationship. She also misused her access to a company credit card – this appears to be accepted by all parties, including Ms Harrison.

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