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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Prominent Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney, who was acquitted yesterday of murdering his wife, is reportedly pushing ahead with a defamation lawsuit against the West Australian government.

Corryn Rayney was found buried in a shallow bush grave more than five years ago and her husband was described by police as the ‘prime and only’ suspect.

But at the close of Perth's so-called "trial of the decade" the judge criticised as “inappropriate and reprehensible” some of the actions of senior investigating police.

The West Australian Police Commissioner has refused to comment on the trial until prosecutors decide whether or not to appeal Mr Rayney's acquittal.

Joanna Menagh reports.

JOANNA MENAGH, REPORTER: Prosecutors have 21 days to lodge an appeal against the decision to acquit Lloyd Rayney of his wife's murder. The Police Commissioner insists he won't be making any public comment in that time.

KARL OCALLAGHAN, WA POLICE COMMISSIONER: I will do nothing until I get advice from the state prosecution authorities. It is in their hands. They might have it for another 21 days. I will make no further comment on it.

JOANNA MENAGH: In his decision Justice Brian Martin described the conduct of some of the investigating officers as inappropriate and reprehensible. Most notably, he was critical of officers who pressured the forensic pathologist Gerard Cadden into changing a report.

Justice Martin said the conduct was totally inappropriate and an abuse of their position.

He was also critical of the public way Mr Rayney was arrested, describing some of the evidence of the lead detective as arrant nonsense and concluding that officer had decided to put on a show of force to humiliate Mr Rayney in public.

REPORTER: Are you confident in those officers named in that finding?

KARL OCALLAGHAN: Again, I'm not going to make any comment until I get advice from the state prosecution authorities.

REPORTER 2: Are you willing to look at outside investigators to look at the charge?

JOANNA MENAGH: Despite acquitting Mr Rayney the judge highlighted what he called “discreditable conduct” by him. He found Mr Rayney had secretly and illegally recorded his wife's conversations and that he'd lied to an earlier court hearing about having her consent to do so. Mr Rayney is still facing a charge of telephone bugging and he also has to consider whether to proceed with his defamation action over being named as the prime and only suspect.

COLIN BARNETT, WA PREMIER: If Mr Rayney wants to pursue that that's his choice. The Premier has ruled out an independent inquiry into the case.

JOANNA MENAGH: But the Premier has ruled out an independent inquiry into the case.

COLIN BARNETT: We don't need an inquiry. But I'm sure the Police Commissioner will look at that, the Police Minister will also look at that, and the Attorney-General.

JOANNA MENAGH: Mr Rayney has declined to make any further comment.

Joanna Menagh, Lateline.