I'd be a bit wary of JonFsines legal analysis.... He was a lawyer 30 years ago.Interesting article by Jon Faine: https://www.theage.com.au/national/...-a-reality-check-20200407-p54hul.html?ref=rss
Includes this section:
The jury system relies on having members of the community assess the evidence on its merits. The judgement of the members of the community has now been thrown out, effectively along with the evidence given by the victim. This is hugely problematic.
And he has been very closely involved with the Foster family who suffered terribly. His impartiality would be somewhat compromised in this case.
And jury decisions are overturned , that's what appeals court are there for.... Though more often it's on a point of law....which many people would say he was as guilty as sin but because a judge didn't advise a jury correctly the verdict is over turned. That's the system.
And judges can even instruct a jury not to find someone guilty if they believe the evidence does not stack up.