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Journalists were barred from reporting anything the jury did not hear until the trial was over. Here is what we couldn't report at the time.

BRITTANY'S SPEECH TO REPORTERS

While broadcast, much of Brittany Higgins' speech to the media on the day the jury was dismissed could not be republished as it could prejudice a future trial.

Indeed, Mr Lehrmann's lawyer referred the speech to the Federal Police as it was laden with potentially contemptuous remarks about the way she believed she was treated by the justice system.

'I chose to speak up. To speak up against rape, speak up against injustice, to speak up and share my experiences with others. I told the truth, no matter how uncomfortable or unflattering, to the court,' she told hordes of TV cameras.

'Today's outcome does not change that truth. When I did speak up, I never fully understood how asymmetrical the criminal justice system is, but I do now.'

YOUNGEST MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

State Liberal member for Bonney, Samuel O'Connor, 27, gave evidence via audio-visual link from the Gold Coast on day 10 of the trial. 

At the conclusion of his evidence, Justice McCallum said: 'Mr O'Connor, I have to ask, are you the youngest member of parliament?'

He smiled and said: 'Oh. There's two younger than me now.'

He was then referred to as 'Samuel O'Connor, apparently not the youngest member of parliament,' by members of the defence, the prosecution, and by Justice McCallum throughout the remainder of court proceedings.

LINDA REYNOLDS IN RWANDA 

Former defence minister Linda Reynolds proved difficult to get hold of because she was at a conference in Rwanda and the time difference was a factor.

The chief justice, at one stage, suggested court proceedings begin earlier one morning, but to no avail. Eventually, Justice McCallum asked: 'Has she been subpoenaed?'

Prosecutor Shane Drumgold said she had, which meant she was required to appear when called upon.

The prosecution eventually received a note from the senator's assistant that read:

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