16 May Our brush with a legal legend
Once in a while, you’re offered a dream book campaign and you have to pinch yourself to check that you’re not actually dreaming…
Bill Hosking QC is something of an Australian legal legend, having worked on some of our most high-profile and headline-making cases in a distinguished career as a Public Defender, then Judge. From the Hilton Hotel bombings to the devastating trial of Anita Cobby’s murderers, Bill describes several of these cases in his new book Justice Denied, written with respected true crime writer John Suter Linton.
Here, The Sydney Morning Herald looks at one of the most intriguing cases, that of Carl Synnerdahl, whose real-life tale of tricking the authorities into thinking he was blind later became the film Hoodwink. Meanwhile, The Guardian marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Anita Cobby trial with this look at Bill’s involvement in the case.
And if you’re interested in finding out more about this fascinating man’s story, here are the interviews he gave on publication, to ABC TV’s Lateline, Ten’s Studio 10, 2GB’s Chris Smith, Richard Ackland’s The Justinian, and a full hour with ABC Local Radio’s Nightlife with Phil Clark.