Schapelle Finds Another Friend at Court

BRISBANE
The Bali Times
SCHAPELLE Corby has a new friend – flamboyant Queensland lawyer Kerry Smith-Douglas, who will make a fresh bid to free drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.

Smith-Douglas has vowed to “bring Schapelle home.”

Corby’s mother Rosleigh Rose believes the controversial lawyer, who was once charged with supplying and possessing marijuana only later to have the charges dropped, can get Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to lobby President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for clemency on humanitarian grounds.

“Enough is enough; it’s time to bring her home,” Smith-Douglas said.

“I don’t care whether she’s guilty or innocent; she has spent enough time in that hell-hole. Twenty years’ jail for marijuana smuggling is just ridiculous and I think most Australians agree.

The latest campaign to free Corby comes as her Indonesian lawyers work to have her sentence slashed by up to 10 years.

They plan to lodge a formal plea to President Yudhoyono seeking clemency for Corby on humanitarian grounds, among them that she is mentally ill.

Smith-Douglas has a colourful past. In 1993 she was charged with four drug offences after allegedly offering “champagne and a joint” to the teenage lover of a barrister. The charges did not proceed.

Smith-Douglas, at the time a Gold Coast City councillor, also created headlines when she took her pet rabbit to a local government conference in Australia’s capital, Canberra, and rode a horse to a mayoral candidates’ breakfast at a top Gold Coast hotel, dressed as a police officer.

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