Lawyer Bruce Peters has not held back in giving his opinion on the Daily Mail’s coverage of a case he was working on.
Lawyer Bruce Peters has not held back in giving his opinion on the Daily Mail’s coverage of a case he was working on.

Daily Mail's 'cut and paste reporting' cops lashing

THE lawyer for a man cleared over his neighbour's death says the trial had to be temporarily halted over a "cut-and-paste" article published by the Daily Mail that added misquoted material not heard by the jury.

Lawyer Bruce Peters took aim outside court at the Daily Mail's coverage of the case after his client, Phillip Pama, was found not guilty of manslaughter.

He said the journalist was never present during the trial and it was "astonishing" the Daily Mail would publish the story without verification.

"[The Daily Mail has] made a cut-and-paste article that was published during the course of this trial, and it was significant enough that during day two of the trial it was brought to the judge's attention and the trial was stopped to discuss the implications," he said.

Mr Peters said the article wrongly misquoted and misattributed to him a comment he had made 2015 and that the error could have had a detrimental effect on Mr Pama's outcome had a jury read the article.

"It just goes to emphasis the point court reporting is serious reporting," he said.

He said the barristers discussed the article and it was decided the trial would continue.

He said he wouldn't be lodging a complaint with the Press Council.

"I think ventilating the issue with the media ... is sufficient," he said.
News Corp Australia


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