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Rough justice : unanswered questions from the Australian courts

by Robin Bowles

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True crime cases in Australian courts. An interesting view of the legal system as opposed to justice. ( )
  ElizabethCromb | Jan 3, 2015 |
While not a prerequisite, Rough Justice will be more meaningful for those familiar with Australia’s high profile murder cases e.g. Jennifer Tanner, Jaidyn Leskie, Peter Falconio, to name a few.

The information presented about Bradley Murdoch (convicted for the murder of Peter Falconio) certainly had me questioning my stance on the case and the safety of his conviction.

There was some repetition from chapter to chapter, though the book’s structure almost made this necessary – I read it from beginning to end, but a reader could pick and choose what to read and still have all the requisite background.

Highly recommended for true crime buffs interested in the Australian legal system and its shortcomings. Robin Bowles is one of my favourite true crime writers. ( )
  VickiTyley | Feb 5, 2013 |
The author of this book does not pretend to make judgement as to the guilt or innocence of the alleged offenders she writes about. Rather, she highlights the fact that in the cases she covers, justice cannot be seen to have been served. Guilty, or innocent, not one of the accused in this book was afforded a fair trial. From police incompetence, to unreliable witnesses, to deliberate mirepresentation of the facts, there is one factor that every one of these cases has in common — an inability or an unwillingness of the justice system to correct her mistakes. Written in an unbiased manner and telling both sides of the story, this book highlights the faults in our justice system. Definitely worth a read. ( )
  seldombites | Feb 26, 2012 |
ROUGH JUSTICE comes from that section of True Crime books which include telling the story of particular cases, and then analysing aspects of those cases.

As with all these sorts of books whether or not it will work for the reader depends on a number of highly subjective elements - whether you agree with the issues raised by the author (either that they exist or they are issues); whether you agree with the outcome or the methodology of that analysis; and whether or not you like or dislike either the tone of book, the raising of the case, the author or any combination of these and/or any other elements you want to raise.

Makes this sort of book a tricky read for a lot of people and you'd have to be silly not to think that True Crime, in particular, is an easy path for either author or reader.

What I appreciated in this book in particular is that the cases that were raised were raised, that the issues that were highlighted were highlighted, and the analysis that was undertaken was voiced. No idea if I agree or disagree or even came up with my own conclusions in the main. But the justice system in this country has to be robust enough to stand up to scrutiny, which is part of the reason that I read these sorts of books - regardless of the cases, the author, the issues or the period of time that has passed. ( )
  austcrimefiction | Jul 7, 2010 |
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Examines the question at the heart of our criminal justice.

Why is former Victorian police sergeant Denis Tanner a free man if the Victorian state coroner named him as the killer of his sister-in-law, Jennifer Tanner?

Did Greg Domaszewicz really kill Jaidyn Leskie and get away with it because he had a good lawyer?
What was the real cause of the sudden death of young nursing sisterBirgit Munro when 24 hours before she died she’d been ‘as fit as a flea’?

Why did West Australian alleged hit-run killer John Button confess to killing his fiancée Rosemary Anderson if he didn’t do it?

Why won’t Bradley John Murdoch tell the police where he hid Peter Falconio’s body?

Why did a juror in Graham Stafford’s trial call Stafford’s mother, after reading a book containing the full story of the murder Stafford had allegedly committed – to apologise for finding her son guilty?

Was Roseanne Catt, who served a ten-year jail term in New South Wales for the attempted murder of her husband Barry, ‘an evil and manipulative woman or the victim of a terrible conspiracy’ between her husband and the police?

Did Henry Keogh cold-bloodedly drown his fiancée in her bath, or has he served nearly half his life sentence as an innocent man, condemned by an incompetent forensic report?

In 1996 Robin read a newspaper report about the alleged suicide of Victorian country housewife Jennifer Tanner. Guessing there might be a book in the ‘story behind the news’, she closed her PR business for a year and wrote a best seller, Blind Justice, now in its eighth reprint. She has written a bestseller almost every year since. During her career as an investigative writer she also obtained a private investigator’s licence. Some of the cases she was involved in inspired her novels, The Curse of the Golden Yo-Yo and Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece. Widely recognised as Australia’s foremost true crime writer, Robin is also a national convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia.
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The most common question of all how can the courts get it so wrong when they are set up to protect us? This book by Australia's true crime queen, Robin Bowles, makes no claim to promote the guilt or innocence of any of the people discussed. Rather, it examines the due process of the law and how, at times, that process gets badly derailed.… (more)

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