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Growing Stronger Podcast Ep #17: The Straw Man

Posted on 28th September 2021
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Growing Stronger Podcast Ep 17-The Straw Man

For this special mini-episode of our podcast, Growing Stronger, Tanya Chapman looks into a quirky case that involved a person charged with criminal offences who claimed that he could not be charged because he consisted of two separate legal entities. There was his flesh and blood corporeal self and then there was the “straw man” without legal personality – and because he lacked legal personality, he couldn’t be charged with a crime.

That was the claim made to the District Court of Queensland. Did it work?

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Case: R v Sweet [2021] QDC 216


  1. The case discussed in the episode is a Queensland case, so what we’re discussing will be based on the law in Queensland and is not intended to be taken to be applied Australia-wide.
  2. While this podcast is aimed to be informative, it is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. For any matter we discuss, we summarise, skip over parts that may be too technical and only generalise. You should still see a solicitor for complete advice that relates directly to your particular situation.

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