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Lisa Wilkinson could be charged over comments on Brittany Higgins’ and accused rapist Bruce Lehrmann

Calls for Lisa Wilkinson to be DAMAGED for her speech at Logies, as law expert reveals what could happen and commentator asks if there’s ‘one rule for left-wing celebrities’ and another for the rest of Australia

  • Lisa Wilkinson’s Logie Acceptance Speech Could Raise Her Legal Charges
  • Barrister Dr Matthew Collins said charges are a ‘serious possibility’
  • The Bruce Lehrmann trial is likely to be postponed to sometime near October
  • Rohan Dean wondered if Ch10 is holding back Wilkinson over her comments

It is ‘certainly possible’ that Lisa Wilkinson could be prosecuted for her acceptance speech in Logies, which delayed the trial of the accused rapist of Brittany Higgins, says a top lawyer.

Dr Matthew Collins, chairman of the Australian Bar Association, told Sunrise on Wednesday that it is a “serious possibility” that authorities will charge Wilkinson for contempt of court.

Sky News Outsiders host Rohan Dean also weighed in, asking whether Channel 10 will reject Wilkinson for her comments, as the media had previously been warned by the judge not to comment on the Brittany Higgins case.

“As the judge has told the media not to comment on the Brittany Higgins case, Lisa Wilkinson is now charged with contempt of court and suspended from Channel 10?

“Or is it one rule for leftist celebrities and another for the rest of us?” asked Mr. Dean.

Lisa Wilkinson's Logie acceptance speech, in which she referred to Brittany Higgins, could see her facing legal charges after Bruce Lehrmann delays rape trial

Lisa Wilkinson’s Logie acceptance speech, in which she referred to Brittany Higgins, could see her facing legal charges after Bruce Lehrmann delays rape trial

TV host Lisa Wilkinson (left) pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (right)

TV host Lisa Wilkinson (left) pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (right)

Contempt of court is when a person called to testify in court engages in willful conduct that is considered disrespectful to the court or magistrate.

dr. Collins said Wilkinson could find herself in hot water because her comments “tended to disrupt the administration of justice.”

“It is certainly possible that the authorities are looking at the speech she gave against the norm imposed by the law, and that everything she did has a tendency to disrupt the administration of justice,” he said.

“The whole point is that every person in our community faced with a charge like this has a right to the presumption of innocence.

“That means if you go to court there should be no bias somehow so that the jury can focus very sharply on the evidence as it unfolds on the witness stand and it clears their minds what they might be in.” the media have seen…’

The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions declined to comment on whether The Project host will be prosecuted after inquiries from Daily Mail Australia.

“The director will not comment on cases currently pending in court, including those related to pending proceedings,” a spokesperson said.

Lehrmann's trial is likely to take place later this year after Chief Justice Lucy McCallum agreed to postpone the trial after Lehrmann's lawyers alleged that Ms. Wilkinson's actions threatened a fair trial.

Lehrmann’s trial is likely to take place later this year after Chief Justice Lucy McCallum agreed to postpone the trial after Lehrmann’s lawyers alleged that Ms. Wilkinson’s actions threatened a fair trial.

dr.  Matthew Collins, president of the Australian Bar Association, said Wilkinson may be in legal trouble because her comments tended to disrupt the administration of justice.

dr. Matthew Collins, president of the Australian Bar Association, said Wilkinson may be in legal trouble because her comments tended to disrupt the administration of justice.

dr. Collins said Wilkinson’s comments and the media attention this case has received have made it exponentially more difficult for jurors to apply the presumption of innocence and focus solely on the evidence given in the trial.

“The problem arises when the material has the nature of sensationalism, very close to the start of a trial, because it can be difficult to distinguish between what is happening in the courtroom and what is happening outside.

“One way judges can prevent this type of material from coming to the attention of jurors is by imposing a media blackout.”

dr. Collins said one option going forward is for the court to impose an injunction to prevent the media from talking about the issues in the case.

“You, the mainstream media, understand the risk inherent in talking about cases about to go to court, especially serious high-profile cases. This was clearly unwise,” he said.

In Wilkinson’s Logie acceptance speech, she referred to Brittany Higgins and her story to just one million viewers.

As a result of the speech, Lehrmann’s case was temporarily held in the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday after his attorney said a jury trial would be “unsustainable” following The Project host’s winning speech.

No date has been set for the trial, which was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, June 27, at the ACT Supreme Court in Canberra.

However, ACT chief justice Lucy McCallum said that while she unfortunately has to postpone the proceedings, a listing in October will likely provide enough time for the publicity surrounding the case to subside.

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