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Questions of guilt and innocence in the Victorian criminal trial of Robert Farquharson and the fact before theory internet campaign

Tyson, Danielle 2009, Questions of guilt and innocence in the Victorian criminal trial of Robert Farquharson and the fact before theory internet campaign, Current issues in criminal justice, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 181-204.

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Title Questions of guilt and innocence in the Victorian criminal trial of Robert Farquharson and the fact before theory internet campaign
Author(s) Tyson, Danielle
Journal name Current issues in criminal justice
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 181
End page 204
Total pages 23
Publisher University of Sydney, Law School
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2009-11
ISSN 1034-5329
Keyword(s) filicide
courts
guilt
innocence
internet campaign
Summary This article follows the Victorian trial of Robert Farquharson for the murder of his three sons who drowned after the car he was driving veered off the road into a dam on Fathers Day 2005. It discusses the implications of the use of forensic photographs by the prosecution at the trial, which supported the jury’s finding of guilt, on the Fact Before Theory website launched by an anonymous supporter of Robert Farquharson in the trial’s aftermath. This discussion is situated in light of recent work that considers how user generated technologies (blogging, social networking etc.) are fast becoming a key way for family and friends of victims of crime to intervene in the legal process of deciding questions of guilt and innocence. Drawing on the Internet Campaign to free RobertFarquharson as a case study, the author concludes that the narratives and representations of justice and injustice that are being mobilised by the public in this new 24/7 media landscape present a major challenge for the courts.
Language eng
Field of Research 160203 Courts and Sentencing
1602 Criminology
1801 Law
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, University of Sydney
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091371

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