A second chance for justice : the prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the death of Tina Thomas

Flynn, Asher and Fitz-Gibbon, Kate 2013, A second chance for justice : the prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the death of Tina Thomas, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, England.

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Title A second chance for justice : the prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the death of Tina Thomas
Author(s) Flynn, Asher
Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
Publication date 2013
Total pages 270
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of Publication Newcastle, England
Keyword(s) homicide
plea bargaining
transnational policing
victim's rights
Summary  This gripping new book written by criminologists, Dr Asher Flynn from Monash University’s School of Political and Social Inquiry and Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon from Deakin University provides a unique insight into the two prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the death of his wife, Tina. A Second Chance for Justice: The Prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the Death of Tina Thomas examines the legal responses to Tina's death in both the Queensland and Alabama jurisdictions, and in particular, considers questions surrounding the achievability of justice in this case from the perspectives of those directly involved. The book is informed by extensive interviews conducted with those intimately involved in the case, including members of the police, prosecution, defence counsel, and the victim and accused's families, as well as court observations of the capital murder trial in Alabama and the magnitude of legal documents compiled in both jurisdictions.
The analysis is placed within the context of external constraints that influenced the almost nine-year transnational investigation and prosecutions – including costs, delays, cultural differences, double jeopardy, dual sovereignty and jurisdiction, as well as the concerns surrounding the motivations informing the arguably controversial decisions made by authoritative members of the criminal justice system in both jurisdictions. It provides a balanced account of the case from the perspectives of the defence and the prosecution, to offer readers the opportunity to decide whether justice was achieved in either prosecution of Gabe Watson for the death of his wife, Tina Thomas.
ISBN 9781443842020
Language eng
Field of Research 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
180120 Legal Institutions (incl Courts and Justice Systems)
Socio Economic Objective 940406 Legal Processes
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
ERA Research output type A Book
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050391

Document type: Book
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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