How doubts over evidence drove DPP to accept bus driver's plea deal

Michael Parris
Updated May 20 2024 - 12:46pm, first published 10:14am
Brett Button entering court in March. Picture by Peter Lorimer
Brett Button entering court in March. Picture by Peter Lorimer

Would the public prosecutor have secured a manslaughter conviction against Hunter Valley bus crash driver Brett Button if the case had gone to trial?

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.