Lisa Wilkinson's Logie acceptance speech where she referenced Brittany Higgins could see her facing legal charges after Bruce Lehrmann rape trial is delayed

Channel Ten jumps to the defence of Lisa Wilkinson after Brittany Higgins Logies speech  #Logies2022 #Logies

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Channel 10 has pledged help for high-profile presenter Lisa Wilkinson after she derailed Brittany Higgins’ rape trial together with her rogue Logies speech.

The veteran journalist received an award on the star-studded ceremony on Monday for her work bringing to mild Ms Higgins’ claims that she was raped by former Liberal staffer, Bruce Lehrmann, inside Parliament Home in 2019. 

Mr Lehrmann has all the time protested his innocence. 

Nonetheless, ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum informed the Supreme Court docket on Tuesday that current media publicity had prejudged Mr Lehrmann’s proper to a good trial – shifting the prolonged listening to from subsequent week, to October. 

Whereas Wilkinson may very well be charged with contempt of courtroom for her actions, the community jumped to Wilkinson’s defence.

Lisa Wilkinson's Logie acceptance speech where she referenced Brittany Higgins could see her facing legal charges after Bruce Lehrmann rape trial is delayed

Lisa Wilkinson’s Logie acceptance speech the place she referenced Brittany Higgins might see her going through authorized fees after Bruce Lehrmann rape trial is delayed

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

TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson (left) is pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (proper)

A community spokesman stated: ‘Community 10 acknowledges the ruling by Chief Justice McCallum and totally helps Lisa Wilkinson.’

‘Each Community 10 and Lisa Wilkinson take their authorized obligations very critically, together with within the preparation and supply of her speech given on the Logies occasion. 

‘In mild of the persevering with proceedings, it could be inappropriate to remark additional right now.’

Dr Matthew Collins, President of the Australian Bar Affiliation, informed Dawn on Wednesday that it’s a ‘critical chance’ that authorities might look into charging Wilkinson with contempt of courtroom. 

Contempt of courtroom is when a person who is known as to provide proof deliberately engages in behaviour thought of to be disrespectful to the courtroom or Justice of the Peace. 

Lehrmann's trial likely to be later this year after Chief Justice Lucy McCallum agreed to delay court case after Lehrmann's lawyers argued Ms Wilkinson's actions threatened a fair trial

Lehrmann’s trial more likely to be later this yr after Chief Justice Lucy McCallum agreed to delay courtroom case after Lehrmann’s attorneys argued Ms Wilkinson’s actions threatened a good trial

He stated Wilkinson might discover herself in scorching water as her feedback had the ‘tendency to intervene with the administration of justice’. 

‘It is actually doable that the authorities might be trying on the speech that she made to the Logies and assessing that speech in opposition to the usual which applies on this department of the legislation and that commonplace is did something she do generally tend to intervene with the administration of justice,’ he stated.

‘The entire level is that any particular person in our neighborhood going through a cost like that is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

‘That implies that going into the courtroom there must be no preconceptions a method or one other, so the jury can focus actually keenly on the proof because it unfolds within the witness field and it places out their thoughts something that they could have seen within the media…’

President of Australian Bar Association, Dr Matthew Collins said Wilkinson may be in legal trouble as her comments had the 'tendency to interfere with the administration of justice'

President of Australian Bar Affiliation, Dr Matthew Collins stated Wilkinson could also be in authorized bother as her feedback had the ‘tendency to intervene with the administration of justice’

Sky Information Outsiders host Rohan Dean additionally weighed in, posing the query of whether or not Channel 10 will stand down Wilkinson over her feedback as media have been beforehand warned by the choose to not touch upon the Brittany Higgins case.

‘Seeing because the choose informed the media to not touch upon the Brittany Higgins case will Lisa Wilkinson now be charged with contempt of courtroom and can she be suspended from Channel 10? 

‘Or is it one rule for lefty celebrities and one other for the remainder of us?’ Mr Dean requested.

The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions declined to touch upon whether or not The Mission host might be prosecuted after questions from Every day Mail Australia.

‘The Director doesn’t touch upon issues presently earlier than the courtroom, together with touch upon points ancillary to present proceedings,’ a spokesperson stated.

Dr Collins stated Wilkinson’s feedback and the media consideration the case has garnered has made it exponentially more durable for members of the jury to use the presumption of innocence and focus solely on the proof given within the trial. 

‘The issue arises when the fabric is within the nature of sensational protection, very very near the beginning of a trial as a result of it may be tough to differentiate between what occurs within the courtroom and what occurs exterior it,’ he stated.

‘A technique by which judges can management this sort of materials from doubtlessly coming to the eye of jurors is by imposing a media blackout.’

Dr Collins stated one choice shifting ahead is for the courtroom to impose a prohibition order stopping media from speaking in regards to the points within the case.

‘The mainstream media, you guys, perceive the chance inherent in speaking about instances that are about to go to trial earlier than courts, significantly critical excessive profile instances. Clearly this was ill-advised,’ he stated.

In Wilkinson’s Logie acceptance speech she made reference to Brittany Higgins and her story to simply shy of 1 million viewers. 

On account of the speech, Bruce Lehrmann’s case was granted a brief keep within the ACT Supreme Court docket on Tuesday after his lawyer stated a jury trial could be ‘untenable’ following The Mission host’s speech. 

No date has been set for the trial which was initially as a result of begin on the ACT Supreme Court docket in Canberra on Monday June 27. 

Nonetheless, ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum stated whereas she regrettably needed to delay proceedings, an October itemizing will possible present sufficient time for publicity surrounding the case to dissipate.