Tom Danos

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Tom Danos is a high-profile barrister in Victoria, Australia. He mainly practices in the area of criminal law, and is Treasurer of the Victorian Criminal Bar Association. [1] Danos is a trustee member of the Maccabi World Union Board. He represented Australian athletes who were injured in the Maccabiah bridge collapse in Israel in 1997. [2] He also represented John Patrick Ford, a convicted man who gave evidence in the trial of alleged drug courier Schapelle Corby in Indonesia. [3]

Maccabiah bridge collapse

The Maccabiah bridge collapse was the catastrophic failure of a pedestrian bridge over the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 14, 1997. The collapse of the temporary metal and wooden structure killed four and injured 60 Australian athletes who were visiting Israel to participate in the Maccabiah Games. One athlete died in the collapse and three died afterwards due to infections caused by exposure to the polluted river water. A subsequent investigation found that shortcuts had been taken in the bridge's construction, mandated permits and oversight had not been obtained, and the bridge, as constructed, did not meet government requirements.

Schapelle Leigh Corby is an Australian woman who was convicted of smuggling cannabis into Indonesia. She spent nine years imprisoned on the Indonesian island of Bali in Kerobokan Prison. Since her arrest Corby has publicly maintained that the drugs were planted in her bodyboard bag and that she did not know about them. Her trial and conviction were a major focus of attention for the Australian media.

Danos successfully represented Julian Michael Clarke before the Victorian Court of Appeal in 2005. Clarke's conviction at a first trial before the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2004 for the murder of Melbourne solicitor Keith William Allan, together with co-accused Sudo Cavkic and Costas Athanasi, was annulled, and a re-trial ordered. [4] [5] Argument by Danos in relation to the definition of reasonable doubt, that the jury should have been told by the trial judge that it should not be construed as a percentage, [6] was accepted by the Court of Appeal. This judgment of the Court of Appeal created an important precedent in Australian law. [7]

Supreme Court of Victoria superior court of the state of Victoria, Australia

The Supreme Court of Victoria is the superior court for the State of Victoria, Australia. It was founded in 1852, and is a superior court of common law and equity, with unlimited jurisdiction within the state. Those courts lying below it include the County Court of Victoria and the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which is not a court, serves a judicial function. Above it lies the High Court of Australia. This places it around the middle of the Australian court hierarchy. The building itself is on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Reasonable doubt is a term used in jurisdiction of common law countries. Evidence that is beyond reasonable doubt is the standard of evidence required to validate a criminal conviction in most adversarial legal systems.

Danos represented Clarke subsequently at the second trial in 2006 and third trial in 2007. The second trial resulted in a hung jury, but Clarke, together with his two other co-accused, were convicted at the third trial. [8]

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  1. "Tom F Danos". find a barrister. Victorian Bar. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. "Australians to lead 16th Maccabiah parade". the world today. 16 July 2001.
  3. "Corby witness attacked in jail: lawyer". 7 May 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. R v Cavkic, Athanasi & Clarke [2005] VSCA 182 (2 August 2005), Court of Appeal (Vic,Australia).
  5. "Court quashes murder convictions". 2 August 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. Daniel Fogarty (2005), "Man waits on appeal," Geelong Advertiser, Wednesday 20 April, page 5
  7. R v Cavkic, Athanasi & Clarke [2005] VSCA 182 (2 August 2005), Court of Appeal (Vic,Australia).
  8. R v Cavkic, Athanasi & Clarke [2007] VSC 289 (16 August 2007), Supreme Court (Vic,Australia).