The Rocket lawyers have had their first major setback.
They are suing a man for allegedly murdering his mother when she died at a Melbourne funeral home.
The man has been charged with the offence of manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail.
His lawyer, Brian Jones, said he was hoping the court would allow him to get a fair trial.
“I’m hoping that the court will allow me to get the death penalty,” he said.
“It’s not the only way to go but it’s the one that will result in the most people being spared from the nightmare of a criminal justice system that’s been based on a false narrative.”
Mr Jones said his client had pleaded not guilty.
The case is one of the first cases of its kind to be heard by the High Court.
A decision is expected before the end of the year.
The court heard the family of John Tarrant had been told Mr Tarrants mother died after being put into a coma following a stroke.
The prosecution has argued she should have died after a seizure and that she should not have been put into the coma at all.
The woman’s daughter and brother were also charged with her murder.
They were found not guilty in 2013.
Mr Jones, who has previously represented several other people in similar cases, said there was a chance his client would be able to get his life back.
“This is one where the law and the facts have got to meet,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“And that’s why we’re fighting this.”