Bruce Lehrmann is considering filing a multi-million dollar compensation claim against the ACT Public Prosecution Department.
The former Liberal staffer revealed that his lawyers would be preparing to claim damages from the ODPP and the ACT government.
The results of Sofronoff’s investigation into the prosecution of Mr Lehrmann and the aborted trial for the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins are in the hands of the ACT government.
Chief Ministers will now respond to what are expected to be serious adverse findings against ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, Shane Drumgold.
Lehrmann has called for the report on the possible misconduct to be released immediately after it was revealed that the findings could be withheld for a month.
“I will go by the report and call for its publication as a matter of urgency,” Lehrmann said. the aussie newspaper.
‘If I determine that the principal acted maliciously or in defiance of his duties as DPP and as an officer of the court, I will consider a multi-million dollar claim for damages from the ODPP and the ACT government.’
Lehrmann, who is already suing ABC and Channel 10 for defamation, criticized the decision to suppress the findings of his indictment dropped last week.
Bruce Lehrmann has announced that he is preparing to file a multi-million dollar compensation claim against the ACT Public Prosecution Department.
Lehrmann, who is suing ABC and Channel 10 for defamation, criticized the decision to suppress the findings of his prosecution dropped last week (pictured)
He wrote to Instagram on Saturday: ‘Absolute disgrace! I remember someone said that sunlight is the best disinfectant… Drumgold’s racket of protection continues. The prime minister should hang his head in shame.
The results of the Sofronoff investigation, led by Walter Sofronoff KC, were expected to be published immediately after being delivered on Monday.
But the ACT government will now consider the report “through a proper cabinet process” which Prime Minister Andrew Barr said would take three to four weeks, with the Legislative Assembly “updated” at the end of August.
Lehrmann, a former political adviser, was accused of raping Brittany Higgins in Parliament after a night out when they were colleagues in March 2019.
He has always strenuously denied the allegations.
Lehrmann’s trial was canceled in October 2022 due to jury misconduct and Drumgold later dropped the charges amid concerns about the impact a second trial could have on Higgins’ mental health.
Ms Higgins received what is believed to be more than $2 million in compensation from the Commonwealth after she complained of mistreatment in the workplace.
Brittany Higgins received what is believed to be more than $2 million in compensation from the Commonwealth after she complained of mistreatment in the workplace.
It is understood that at least two of the potential adverse findings against Mr. Drumgold would form the basis for his dismissal from the position of lead prosecutor.
Drumgold has been on leave since May and is due to return at the end of August.
Barr said that, subject to the content of the report and any legal implications, he intended to present all or part of the report during the August session of Parliament.
“Subject to the recommendations, the final response from the government may take several months,” he said in a statement published by The Australian last week.
The most serious allegations of misconduct against Drumgold involve times when he misled Chief Justice Lucy McCallum during Lehrmann’s trial.
Drumgold admitted to two violations, but claimed they were unintentional.
It is believed that Sofronoff is likely to discover that Drumgold had the right to prosecute Lehrmann, but he and some senior police officers may have lost objectivity at various points during the case.
At the inquest, Mr. Drumgold admitted that he had formed the opinion that Mr. Lehrmann should be charged before being interviewed.
Potentially the most serious accusation against Drumgold relates to a note made from a conference he held with former The Project presenter Lisa Wilkinson four days before his now infamous Logies speech.
Drumgold said he had warned Wilkinson about the danger of prejudicing Lehrmann’s upcoming rape trial.
However, Ms Wilkinson rejects this, saying that Mr Drumgold “at no time” warned that the speech would risk delaying the trial, as he claimed.
Chief Ministers will now respond to what are expected to be serious adverse findings against ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, Shane Drumgold, from the Sofronoff inquiry.
Another big threat to Drumgold’s position comes from the so-called Moller report, which details discrepancies in Higgins’ evidence and suggests that police did not believe there was enough evidence to prosecute Lehrmann.
Drumgold tried to prevent the defense from obtaining the document, claiming that it was bound by legal professional secrecy even though he had not read it and had not discussed it with its author, Detective Superintendent Scott Moller.
Sofronoff could also make adverse findings about Drumgold’s conduct when she announced in December that she was dropping the trial out of concern for Higgins’ mental health, but suggested she still believed Lehrmann was guilty.
The speech was met with surprise by many in the legal profession.
The lawyer who assisted in the investigation, Erin Longbottom, asked Mr. Drumgold: “Did you think about the impact that statement could have on Mr. Lehrmann, who was entitled to the presumption of innocence?”
“Possibly not as much as it should,” Mr Drumgold said.