Weekly Snapshot Issue: 56 – 28 November 2019

Case we are discussing…

On 30 May 2017, Akon Guode was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 26 years and 6 months, with a non- parole period of 20 years. The sentence followed upon her pleas of guilty to one charge of infanticide, two charges of murder and one charge of attempted murder. All four offence were committed when she drove her motor vehicle containing her 4 children into Lake Gladman, in Melbourne. Ms Guode  appealed the sentence to the Victorian Court of Appeal. 

The crown accepted Ms Goude’s pleas of guilty on the basis that, at the time she committed these offences, the balance of her mind was disturbed because of a disorder consequent upon her giving birth to her youngest child. This, and the age of her youngest, being 18 months meant that she was convicted of infanticide being an alternative to murder when a mother murders a child under the age of 2. 

The Court also accepted that Ms Guode had an extraordinarily difficult life. 

In all circumstances, and having particular regard to the fact that the balance of her mind was disturbed when she committed the offences for which she was sentenced, the court of Appeal accepted that the sentence imposed by the sentencing judge was manifestly excessive. Thus, the Court of Appeal allowed Ms Goude’s appeal against her sentence and resentenced her to a term of imprisonment of 18 years with a non-parole period of 14 years. 

The Victorian Director of Public Prosecution was granted leave to appeal the decision in the high Court of Australia.

How should you punish someone who has committed two very different crimes at the same time? That is the dilemma before the High Court, which is currently considering whether or not to extend the prison term applied by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Ted Talk we are watching…

Can changing the way you think about stress make you healthier? 

According to science and  Kelly McGonigal’s Ted talk, the answer is yes!

Article we are reading… 

What’s cuter than a law student who thinks they have all the answers?  A law student who thinks they have all the answers in Latin. 

A  law student is taking it upon herself to explain Latin terms to lay people in America.

Our favourite paragraph of the article: ‘ Brailey, who refuses to let a day pass without telling someone that she’s ‘actually studying law’ said she’s happy to explain the principle to anyone, including friends of friends at the pub who really couldn’t give a fuck’.

Life advise we are pondering…

The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole, is to stop digging’. 

Warren Buffet 

  Masters of Success…