A death in Alice Springs

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Title A death in Alice Springs
Author Finnane, Mark; Finnane, Kieran
Journal Name Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Editor Arlie Loughnan and Murray Lee
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher University of Sydney
Abstract The 2010 prosecution of five white men in Alice Springs following the death of an Aboriginal man resulted in their conviction on manslaughter and subsequent sentencing to custodial terms of up to six years each. This article reviews the circumstances of the death and its aftermath to question whether another recent account of the case as an instance of ‘white supremacist settler violence’ in Central Australia can be sustained. Far from being typical of Central Australian homicides, this case was exceptional in its inter-racial character, and far from being exceptional in its sentencing result, this article shows that the prosecution resulted in outcomes for the defendants that appear consistent with the principles in other manslaughter cases. It is argued that interpretation of these events demands an account sensitive to the changing political and social contexts of Central Australia, as well as a contextual account of sentencing practices and outcomes in the Northern Territory jurisdiction.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://sydney.edu.au/law/criminology/journal/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011, Published by The Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 23
Issue Number 2
Page from 255
Page to 271
ISSN 1034-5329
Date Accessioned 2011-11-28
Date Available 2012-02-10T02:02:08Z
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Courts and Sentencing; Historical Studies; Law and Legal Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41841
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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