Brittany Higgins: Bruce Lehrmann trial ‘untenable’ after Lisa Wilkinson’s Logies speech, court told
Lisa Wilkinson’s speech at Logies has made Brittany Higgins’ rape trial ‘unsustainable’ at the moment, accused man’s lawyer says – days before the case was set to begin
- Trial of man accused of rape can be postponed because of Lisa Wilkinson’s speech
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- Ms Wilkinson thanked Ms Higgins in Logies’ speech for sharing her story
The trial of the man accused of raping Brittany Higgins may be postponed after his lawyers argued Lisa Wilkinson’s speech could harm the jury.
Bruce Lehrmann, charged with unauthorized sexual intercourse, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ms Higgins at Parliament House in Canberra.
Lehrmann’s attorney, Steve Whybrow, launched the new residency application after Wilkinson’s Logies speech on Sunday night, where she thanked Ms Higgins for sharing her story.
Mr Whybrow said a temporary stay was the only option to allow for a fair trial so that “adverse publicity can disappear”.
TV host Lisa Wilkinson (left) pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (right)
Lisa Wilkinson is pictured giving her Logies speech on Sunday night, where she thanked Brittany Higgins for sharing her story of an alleged sexual assault
“It is unsustainable in my view to hold a trial under these circumstances at this time,” he told the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Crown opposed the temporary suspension, arguing that the application did not outline a sufficient risk to the jury that could not be overcome by court orders.
“The most appropriate test … is a real and substantial risk that, despite attempts by the trial judge, there will be jurors who may have been unaware of guilt and cannot be remedied,” said the director of the trial. Public Prosecutor Shane Drumgold against the police. court.
Bruce Lehrmann (pictured), is accused of having sexual intercourse without consent. He pleaded not guilty to assaulting Brittany Higgins in the parliament building in Canberra.
“We accept that there is a significant change, but the application limited to what it is limited to will not give rise to a temporary stay.”
Chief Justice Lucy McCallum has reserved her decision until 2 p.m.
An initial request for suspension was rejected by Chief Justice McCallum in April, when she said she was not convinced the evidence given to the jury could not allay concerns about bias against Lehrmann.
Mr Drumgold argued that the new application was ‘a re-action of that injunction’.
The case was initially scheduled to start on June 6, but was adjourned to June 27 after Lehrmann’s lawyer withdrew days before the trial.
Former political staffer Brittany Higgins (photo front) addresses media as she leaves Commonwealth parliamentary offices after meeting then Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Friday 30 April 2021