Another Aboriginal death in custody: Uneasy alliances and tensions in the Mulrunji case

Corrin, Jennifer and Douglas, Heather (2008) Another Aboriginal death in custody: Uneasy alliances and tensions in the Mulrunji case. Legal Studies, 28 4: 531-558. doi:10.1111/j.1748-121X.2008.00097.x

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Author Corrin, Jennifer
Douglas, Heather
Title Another Aboriginal death in custody: Uneasy alliances and tensions in the Mulrunji case
Journal name Legal Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-121X
0261-3875
Publication date 2008-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1748-121X.2008.00097.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Start page 531
End page 558
Total pages 28
Editor Rob Merkin
Jenny Steele
Jill Poole
Place of publication Oxford. U.K.; Malden, MA., U.S.A.
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
940403 Criminal Justice
C1
Formatted abstract
The death of an Aboriginal man, Mulrunji, in an Australian police cell in 2004 precipitated an extraordinary response from the community. The usual distinctions between the roles of police, coroner, prosecutors and politicians became confused and merged in the media maelstrom that followed the death. Uneasy alliances developed which qualified the binary response of right versus wrong. Could the coroner's findings be reconciled with the decision of the prosecutor not to try the police officer involved? Was the government's response of overriding the decision of the independent prosecutor justified? What does this case tell us about the adversarial and inquisitorial approaches to evidence? This paper examines the tensions at play in the response to the death of Mulrunji and explores the wide reaching implications for law and justice in death in custody cases.
© The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2008 The Society of Legal Scholars.

Keyword Death in custody
Mulrunji Doomadgee
Q-Index Code C1
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