A Second Chance for Justice by Asher Flynn
The Prosecutions of Gabe Watson for the Death of Tina Thomas

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Tina Thomas would have been turning 35 on the day that her husband of less than two weeks stood trial for her murder in the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama. Eight years and almost four months had passed since Tina died on her honeymoon, while scuba diving near the SS Yongala wreck on the Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland, Australia. During this period, there had been extensive police investigations conducted by local, state and federal agencies in Queensland and the United States; a coronial inquest; a ridiculed plea bargain; a successful appeal against the manifest inadequacy of a 12 month sentence; 18 months served in Borallon Correction Centre in Queensland; a grand jury indictment; several days spent in an Australian immigration detention centre; an international agreement not to seek the death penalty; a deportation and several pre-trial hearings - every step of which was covered by endless public, media and social commentary. As the trial of Gabe Watson on a charge of capital murder for pecuniary gain began, so too did the possible final chapter in this tragic, drawn-out story. Monday 13 February 2012 provided the date for the commencement of Gabe's capital murder trial in Alabama, and the possibility that a second chance for justice could unfold...or could it? From the perspectives of the police, the prosecution, the defence and Tina and Gabe's families, this book examines the ongoing quest for justice in the controversial double prosecution of Gabe Watson for the death of Tina Thomas.

About Asher Flynn

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Dr. Asher Flynn is a Lecturer and Researcher in Criminology at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Her research encapsulates a diverse range of socio-legal and critical criminology concerns, with a particular focus on plea bargaining, sentencing, criminal prosecutions and the criminal justice system. Asher has published in a range of high quality, high impact criminology, socio-legal and law journals. A Second Chance for Justice is her first book. Dr. Kate Fitz-Gibbon is a Lecturer and Researcher in Criminology at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. She researches in the area of the law's response to lethal intimate partner violence and the effects of law reform in Australian and international jurisdictions. Dr. Fitz-Gibbon has published on the operation and effects of homicide law and sentencing reform with a key focus on gender and justice.
Published January 1, 2013 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 296 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors.

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