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The honeymoon killer : plea bargaining and intimate femicide : a response to Watson

Flynn, Asher and Fitz-Gibbon, Kate 2010, The honeymoon killer : plea bargaining and intimate femicide : a response to Watson, Alternative law journal, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 203-207.

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Title The honeymoon killer : plea bargaining and intimate femicide : a response to Watson
Author(s) Flynn, Asher
Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
Journal name Alternative law journal
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 203
End page 207
Total pages 5
Publisher Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1037-969X
Keyword(s) plea bargain
intimate femicide
Summary In October 2003, US citizen Christina Thomas died while scuba diving on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Following over five years of delays, her husband David Watson accepted a plea bargain to which he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of criminal negligence. Watson was initially sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment, suspended after 12 months, however this was later increased on appeal to suspension after 18 months. Using Watson as a framework for analysis, this article examines some of the limitations of an inefficient justice system, with a particular focus on the private nature of the plea bargaining process, and the potentially favourable representations and sentencing of men who kill a female intimate partner. The authors argue that the need to respond to court inefficiency and under-resourcing in the criminal courts creates pressures that can result in a desire for increased efficiency being prioritised above other justice concerns, and this allows for existing flaws within the operation of the criminal justice system to be exacerbated, and excused.
Language eng
Field of Research 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
Socio Economic Objective 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©20I0, Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043976

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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