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CANBERRA OBSERVED Liberals in need of an internal peacemaker

ENERGY Solar, wind dependence will add $1300 to power bills, engineers, scientists warn

LIFE ISSUES Queensland life march busts media stereotypes

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS Unmask activists disguised as nature lovers

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Hawaii: Pearl of the Pacific

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FREE SPEECH University of Western Australia blinks again

LIFE ISSUES Queensland law will open floodgates to sex-selective abortion

HUMOUR

MUSIC Pop and singing: A certain antagonism

CINEMA Christopher Robin: The best something comes from nothing

BOOK REVIEW A so-called industry with only a dark side

BOOK REVIEW Population see-saw changes direction

LETTERS

POETRY

EUTHANASIA No concoction can kill peacefully

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When Cops Get It Wrong and Courts Seal the Deal

Bret Christian

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by Bret Christian

(Melbourne: Grant Hardie Books, 2013)
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN: 9781742706740
Price: AUD$29.95

URL: www.hardiegrant.com.au/books/books/book?isbn=9781742706740

 

Book description

Journalist Bret Christian has covered his share of murder stories in his time as a newsman. In his search to understand and report on these acts of evil he discovered something equally malignant at the heart of our society: the vast cache of examples of extraordinary injustices and wrongful convictions within our policing and legal systems.

At the centre of this in-depth and often chilling book is the tragic murder, in 1959, of 22-year-old Perth woman Jillian Brewer, and the mostly inconceivable wrongful arrest and conviction of a young deaf man, Darryl Beamish, for the act. Charting in extraordinary detail the procedural errors, fantastical egos and often deliberate obfuscation of truth that took place in the Beamish conviction, along with many other cases, Christian reveals the startling array of potholes and pitfalls that continue to threaten the execution of proper justice in our society.

Readers will be glued to their seats as they encounter the jaw-dropping recollections Bret Christian has compiled of badly interpreted forensics, biased testimony, mismatched and botched statements of fact, and downright dirty policing tactics. All at once horrific, mind-blowing and puzzling, the stories Christian has unearthed might well be fiction – but, tragically, are all true.

 

About the author

Bret Christian is a newspaper journalist who enjoys delving into crime and the reasons behind wrongful convictions. Bret began his career on Perth’s Daily News and worked in Melbourne and Sydney before starting his own suburban Post Newspapers group at age 28. He has twice won UWA’s Lovekin Prize for excellence in journalism.


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