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How Lisa Wilkinson’s Logies speech could delay Brittany Higgin’s rape trial 

How Lisa Wilkinson’s speech at Logies could delay Brittany Higgin’s rape trial as trial is set to take place next week

  • Bruce Lehrmann charged with raping Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in 2019
  • He was due to appear in court next Monday, but lawyers are asking for a postponement
  • His attorney argued that Lisa Wilkinson’s speech at Logies made the case public
  • The Chief Justice of ACT has agreed to hear Mr Lehrmann’s application on Tuesday
  • Ms Wilkinson gave a speech about her work on the story at the awards on Sunday

The rape trial of former Liberal Brittany Higgin may be postponed because the accused’s lawyers want to postpone his trial because of the publicity surrounding Lisa Wilkinson’s speech at Logies.

Bruce Lehrmann is accused of sexually assaulting Ms Higgins, his former colleague, in the parliament building in March 2019.

Lehrmann, who has pleaded not guilty, is due to face a jury next Monday on the ACT Supreme Court, but his defense team has filed a suspension request to postpone the hearing.

Lisa Wilkinson gave a speech at the Logies Awards on Sunday about her coverage of the story of Brittany Higgin.  The couple is pictured together at an event

Lisa Wilkinson gave a speech at the Logies Awards on Sunday about her coverage of the story of Brittany Higgin. The couple is pictured together at an event

Bruce Lehrmann (pictured) was due to appear before a jury trial next Monday, but his legal team has asked for the hearing to be postponed

Bruce Lehrmann (pictured) was due to appear before a jury trial next Monday, but his legal team has asked for the hearing to be postponed

His lawyers cited renewed publicity for the case as a result of Ms. Wilkinson’s Logie speech about her coverage of the story at the awards ceremony on Sunday, ABC news reports.

ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum agreed to consider the application Tuesday.

Mr Lehrmann’s attorney Steve Whybrow argued that more than 800,000 people tuned in to the awards ceremony, where Ms Wilkinson won the Logie for Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report.

He said his client was not looking for a postponement, but reactions on Twitter, Instagram and in news reports showed the focus around the case in the run-up to the trial.

“He wants to get it done, but he wants a fair trial,” he said.

Lisa Wilkinson won the Logie for Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report on Sunday

Lisa Wilkinson won the Logie for Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report on Sunday

Under ACT law, those charged with sex crimes must face a jury trial.

Mr. Lehrman faces one charge of unauthorized sexual intercourse, which carries a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison.

The court’s latest offer marks the second time Lehrmann has tried to stay the case, after an attempt was rejected in April.

However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the date was moved to June 27, when Mr. Lehrmann had to seek new legal representation.

Former political staffer Brittany Higgins addresses media as she leaves Commonwealth parliamentary offices after meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on April 30, 2021

Former political staffer Brittany Higgins addresses media as she leaves Commonwealth parliamentary offices after meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on April 30, 2021

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