Trial collapse will do little for public confidence
IT is 22 years since lobbyist Frank Dunlop embarked on a self-confessed spree to corruptly buy votes from politicians to rezone lands on behalf of his developer clients. The former seminarian has served jail time for his crimes.
But the generation-long quest to investigate and prosecute alleged endemic corruption in the planning process ended yesterday when Mr Dunlop's declining health led to the withdrawal of 'votes for money' charges against businessman Jim Kennedy and four politicians.
The accused men left court with their innocence intact. They will not face retrial following the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to prosecute.