Author: Daniel Wilkinson
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Justice In Jeopardy

Author: Debi Marshall
Publisher: Random House Australia
ISBN: 1742745555
Size: 22.79 MB
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The shocking story of the unresolved murder of baby Deidre Kennedy. As her parent's slept on Friday April 13, 1973 17-month old Deidre Kennedy was snatched from her cot. Tossed like trash on top of a toilet block in a nearby park, dawn revealed the obscenity of her murder. Dressed in women's underwear, her chubby thigh showed bruising inflicted by bite marks. She had been bashed, sexually assaulted and strangled. There was no eyewitness. No motive. No confession. No closure for Deidre's family. Three decades on, they are still waiting. In 1985 - eleven years after her death - former RAAF technician Raymond John Carroll was found guilty of her murder and later acquitted on appeal. In 2000, he was found guilty of perjury on the grounds that he lied when he said he did not kill the baby. Acquitted for the second time - this time on double jeopardy - the case went all the way to the Australian High Court, which dismissed the Crown's appeal. He could never be re-tried again. A bewildered Australian public, at a loss to understand the technicalities of the law clamoured for explanations. Late in 2003 the United Kingdom successfully passed a Bill that modified the rule of double jeopardy. The Crown now has a right to appeal acquittals when 'new and compelling evidence' comes to light - laws which operate retrospectively. In Australia, change has been excruciatingly slow. This is an intensely personal story about the casualties of murder: private lives thrown open to public scrutiny, families shattered by grief and a loss of faith in the judicial system. Against legal advice and for the first time, Raymond John Carroll and his family spoke to Debi Marshall about the crime for which he has been twice accused and which, despite two acquittals, continues to haunt him. Informed by interviews with Deidre's shattered family, police, lawyers and forensic scientists,Justice in Jeopardy is a thought-provoking and harrowing true story that will make you weep. For Deidre, whose short life and appalling death spearheaded the call for an overhaul of an ancient law called Double Jeopardy; for her heartbroken family whose lives have been ruined by her murder and for justice denied.

Transitional Justice In The Twenty First Century

Author: Naomi Roht-Arriaza
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139458655
Size: 74.47 MB
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Dealing with the aftermath of civil conflict or the fall of a repressive government continues to trouble countries throughout the world. Whereas much of the 1990s was occupied with debates concerning the relative merits of criminal prosecutions and truth commissions, by the end of the decade a consensus emerged that this either/or approach was inappropriate and unnecessary. A second generation of transitional justice experiences have stressed both truth and justice and recognize that a single method may inadequately serve societies rebuilding after conflict or dictatorship. Based on studies in ten countries, this book analyzes how some combine multiple institutions, others experiment with community-level initiatives that draw on traditional law and culture, whilst others combine internal actions with transnational or international ones. The authors argue that transitional justice efforts must also consider the challenges to legitimacy and local ownership emerging after external military intervention or occupation.

Reforming The Administration Of Justice In Mexico

Author: Wayne A. Cornelius
ISBN: 9780268022921
Size: 35.11 MB
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This landmark studyexamines the challenges Mexico faces in reforming the administration of its justice system--a critical undertaking for the consolidation of democracy, the well-being of Mexican citizens, and U.S.-Mexican relations. The result of over four years of research from the Project on Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico, this bi-national collaborative initiative brought together U.S. and Mexican scholars, policy makers, law enforcement officials, lawyers, activists, and other experts to analyze diverse topics in the administration of justice. The outcome of the study presents for the first time an up-to-date analysis of the functioning and imperfections of the Mexican justice system. "This book will interest academics and policy makers concerned with the sorry state of the administration of justice in Latin America at large, and Mexico more specifically. The chapters leave almost no controversial issues surrounding the justice system untouched. From diverse legal, criminal, social, and political perspectives the justice system is held under scrutiny and found to be wanting. The end result is a number of well-thought-out suggested solutions to a long-standing problem." --Nibaldo H. Galleguillos, McMaster University "[This] is an outstanding contribution theoretically and substantively on understanding an essential but little explored condition in Mexico, having implications for U.S. security, and deserving a wide readership on both sides of the border." --Roderic Ai Camp, McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim, Claremont McKenna College

Justice In Jeopardy

Author: American Bar Association. Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary
Size: 17.50 MB
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We Built The Wall

Author: Eileen Truax
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1786632160
Size: 11.34 MB
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A Mexican-American Lawyer Exposes a Corrupt U.S. Asylum Procedure and the Despotism of the Mexican Government From a storefront law office in the U.S. border city of El Paso, Texas, one man set out to challenge that system and tear down the great wall of indifference raised between the US and Mexico. Carlos Specter has filed hundreds of political asylum cases on behalf of human rights defenders, journalists, and political dissidents. Though his legal activism has only inched the process forward—98 percent of refugees from Mexico are still denied asylum—his myriad legal cases and the resultant media fallout has increasingly put US immigration policy, the corrupt state of Mexico, and the political basis of immigration, asylum, and deportation decisions on the spot. We Built the Wall is an immersive, engrossing look at the new front in the immigration wars. It follows the gripping stories of people like Saúl Reyes, forced to flee his home after a drug cartel murdered several members of his family, and Delmy Calderón, a forty-two-year-old woman leading an eight-woman hunger strike in an El Paso detention center. Truax tracks the heart-wrenching trials of refugees like Yamil, the husband and father who chose a prison cell over deportation to Mexico, and Rocío Hernández, a nineteen-year-old who spent nearly her entire life in Texas and now forced to live in a city where narcotraffickers operate with absolute impunity.

Courts Law And Justice

Author: William J. Chambliss
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412978572
Size: 48.62 MB
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Examines topics relevant to criminal justice, including DNA evidence, eyewitness accuracy, polygraphs, the jury system, plea bargaining, victim rights and restitution, and restorative justice

Rebuilding Justice

Author: Rebecca Love Kourlis
Publisher: Fulcrum Pub
ISBN: 9781555915384
Size: 36.92 MB
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"Over the past several decades, the civil justice process has become alarmingly expensive, politicized, and time-consuming. Though the court system lies at the heart of American democracy, it often does not meet the legitimate needs of the people, resulting in a rift between citizens and their own legal system. And as public trust in the system has eroded, so too has the public's fundamental knowledge of the American judicial branch. With a system that hasn't seen major reform since 1938, it's inevitablethat there are shortcomings and misunderstandings, abuse and ignorance. The situation is precarious, but not hopeless. In Rebuilding Justice, Rebecca Love Kourlis and Dirk Olin illuminate why the courts are critical and how they are being eroded, defaced, and undermined in the twenty-first century. While covering complex issues such as civil justice reform, judicial selection and performance evaluation, and domestic relations, Kourlis and Olin propose practical and empowering solutions to improve the efficiency, accessibility, and integrity of America's civil courts. An important portrait of the American judicial system, Rebuilding Justice is a call to action for citizens and civil servants alike to take the steps necessary to fix, support, and protect this crucial cornerstone of our democracy. "--