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The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama Paperback – 1 April 2014
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In the style of literary non-fiction comes a compelling, true story that will appeal to mystery, crime and "CSI" aficionados and anyone interested in justice for all in the midst of cultural diversity.
On 21st July 2008, 21-year-old Somali, Farah Jama was sentenced to six years behind bars for the rape of a middle-aged woman as she lay unconscious in a Melbourne nightclub.
Throughout the trial Jama had maintained his innocence against the accusations he committed such a predatory, heinous crime. But the Prosecution had one 'rock solid' piece of evidence that nailed the accused––his DNA.
Nearly 18 months after Jama's incarceration, his conviction was overturned when a mother's profound faith in her son's innocence, a prosecutor's tenacious pursuit of truth and justice and a defence lawyer's belief in his client, brought forth revelations that overturned one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Victorian legal history.
"A fascinating account of what can go wrong if the presumption of innocence is just a catch-cry. This book shows how dangerous it is when DNA evidence is allowed to trump common sense. I did not know of this trial until I read the book: I could not wait to find out how it went so wrong. The DNA evidence made no sense; the verdict seemed irrational. The result was a terrible injustice. To everyone."
Julian Burnside AO QC, human rights and refugee advocate
"High quality journalism may have fallen away in our newspapers, but Julie Szego demonstrates its enduring vitality in this story of a grievous injustice redressed. She reveals in painstaking detail not only the professional negligence behind Farah Jama's conviction for rape, but also the complexity of his Somali culture striving to assert itself on Australia's multi-cultural stage. This is a book that deserves a very long shelf-life."
Robert Hillman, award-winning author
About the Author
- Publisher : Wild Dingo Press (1 April 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0987381148
- ISBN-13 : 978-0987381149
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.37 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 947,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an important contribution to the field of criminal law written by a person with both legal and journalistic experience. It's importance rests in its ability to communicate effectively with all interested people, not just the legal profession.