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Just Cases

25 EpisodesProduced by Monash Law SchoolWebsite

Every day, law courts make decisions that change the lives of those present in the courtroom. Some decisions change society itself. JUST CASES tells the backstory to some of the biggest court cases you've never heard of.


Episode 9: Treachery and Treason

A series of factory fires in Sydney in 1916 leads to a full-blown treason trial. The case of the ‘IWW Twelve’ sees a dozen local members of a radical worldwide movement caught in a perfect political storm.

Episode notes

Storyteller: Dr Stephen Gray, Monash Law School
Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison

Topics for law nerds: Criminal law, jury trials, juries, police corruption, royal commissions, police powers, separation of powers.

Further reading:
- ‘Death Cults, Murdering a Police Officer, and the First World War' by Dr Stephen Gray (Alternative Law Journal)
- 'Enemy Within? The Wobblies' by Nerida Campbell (Sydney Living Museums)
- 'The Sydney Twelve — treason, conspiracy and conscription in Australia 1916' by Dr Barry York (Museum of Australian Democracy Blog)

All music in this episode by Podington Bear. Track listing:
- 'Elephants on Parade'
- 'Senseless'
- 'Kaleidoscope'

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