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Forensic scientist Xanthé Mallett is used to dealing with the darker side of humanity. Now she's turning her skills and insight to miscarriages of justice and cases of Australians who have been wrongfully convicted. Exposing false confessions, polices biases, misplaced evidence and dodgy science, Reasonable Doubt is an expert's account of the murky underbelly of our ju ...more
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Published July 28th 2020 by Macmillan Australia
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Petra X wonders sadly if she really does have a bf
I read in the blurb of some book that white people invented racism and thought 'ridiculous, tell that to the Chinese, the Indians, the Arabs, and looked up Racism by country. I thought, racism is probably quite natural and grows out of my family first, then my neighbours, then my village, then my .... etc. as to who you would share food with and the defence of your area against strangers who might not be friendly. Note: the rants are in spoilers!

Because something is natural doesn't make it good.
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Krystal
A fascinating look into miscarriages of justice.

This true crime offering explores the fallacies of the justice system - globally, though with a specific focus on Australian cases.

It covers things like evidence tampering and contamination, forced confessions, poor police work, and false or misleading evidence from eyewitnesses.

The book focuses on six case studies where innocent people were imprisoned unjustly, and that chilling concept is what makes this book hit so hard. The justice system isn'
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Veronica ⭐️
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of non-fiction but crime fiction is one of my favourite reads so I was very interested in Dr Xanthe Mallett's book Reasonable Doubt.

Dr Xanthe Mallett has delivered a story that is both informative and interesting. One of the catch phrases on the cover is: exposing Australia's worst wrongful convictions. I am sure everyone can think of at least one case where the justice system got it all wrong. Lindy Chamberlain's conviction of the murder of her daughter comes to mind, but I w
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
In 2019 I attended the BAD Crime Festival in Sydney . One of the sessions that I went to was a debate with the subject "That Fact is Stranger Than Fiction" On the side of Fact was one of my favourite writers Michael Robothham and Dr Xanthe Mallett. On Fictions side was another favourite of mine, Candice Fox. It was a highly educational and entertaining afternoon and I was really interested to hear some of the stories that Dr Xanthe Mallett was talking about and keen to learn more.

This book, Reas
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Sheree | Keeping Up With The Penguins
Mallett uses a series of case studies to explore the systemic failures of our criminal justice system. My stomach churned as I read case after case of wrongfully convicted people released after years, their lives in tatters, with little more than a “lol soz”. She focuses on the factors of a case that increase the likelihood of a wrongful conviction, with particular attention to race and disability, and carefully explains forensic and legal processes that might otherwise escape your average armch ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
In Reasonable Doubt forensic anthropologist and criminologist Xanthé Mallett examines the flaws in the Australian criminal justice system that have contributed to five wrongful murder convictions, and a shocking legal scandal whose repercussions will likely see the guilty go free.

Reasonable Doubt is not intended as an indictment of the system as a whole, Mallett’s focus is on the failures of law that lead to a wrongful conviction, irrespective of the innocence or guilt of the accused. She presen
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Sarah
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
In Reasonable Doubt, forensic anthropologist / criminologist / TV Crime Show Presenter Xanthé Mallett explores six cases from recent Australian judicial history in which she believes a miscarriage of justice has occurred.
As Mallett describes, miscarriages of justice and unsafe verdicts can occur for a wide variety of reasons, including compromised forensic evidence, mistaken witness testimony, coerced false confessions, and police and/or prosecutorial misconduct or negligence. The cases she deta
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Laura
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
We all put our faith in the criminal justice system. We trust the professionals: the police, the lawyers, the judges, the expert witnesses. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail?

Forensic Scientist Xanthé Mallet explores some of the cases where the the criminal justice system failed. It was a fascinating read! Anyone who knows me will know that I’m a big true crime fan and am fascinated by all things crime related. This delved into the other world, th
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Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan for providing me with a copy of Reasonable Doubt, in exchange for an honest review!

Reasonable Doubt takes us through some of Australia's worst wrongful convictions, the fight to clear the accused names and the ultimate outcomes.  Dr Mallett provides a ton of information about how and why these miscarriages of justice happen, and some of the ways they could have been avoided.  He talks about confirmation bias, by police and jurors, and the increased likelihood o
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Jem
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @macmillanaus for sending me a copy for review. This one was a non fiction, which I dont often read but I am so glad i read this one as I really enjoyed it and would love to read more like it 😊 This one is a true crime book that explores a number of cases in which a person has been wrongfully convicted within Australia. The author goes through 5 separate cases and how events had led up to the conviction and how they impacted the results. Throughout was also information on some of th ...more
Whovian_reads_books Kimberley
** Firstly, thank you to Pan MacMillan Australian for an advanced copy of this book for review.
*** Trigger warnings - murder, sexual abuse, child abuse.

This book really makes you think about the criminal justice system in Australia, and opens your eyes to different types of miscarriages of justice. We all know they exist - we probably have more knowledge of American cases of people being wrongly convicted for crimes they didn't commit, and we have all heard of the Innocence Project at least on
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Camila - Books Through My Veins
- thanks to @macmillanaus for the #gifted copy!

I moved to Australia nearly five years ago, so I am not very familiar with some of the most polemic criminal cases of the country like any Aussie would; however, Dr Mallett does a fantastic job at explaining all the cases thoroughly, and without presuming the reader's previous knowledge.

Reasonable Doubt is a work of non-fiction that explains some of the most striking cases of wrongful convictions in Australia. I wasn't completely ignorant about th
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Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Dr Xanthe Mallett is back after Cold Case Investigations with a look at solved criminal cases where there is reasonable doubt attached. Dr Mallett looks at miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions where police bias, false confessions, dodgy eyewitness statements and ineffectual science has lead to the wrong person being convicted for a crime.

Given Dr Mallett's position as an Australian Forensic Anthropologist and Criminologist, I assumed we'd start by looking at Lindy Chamberlain's case
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Krystelle Zuanic
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This book covers some of the biggest (and, in some cases, lesser-known) cases of wrongful convictions and possible wrongful convictions in the Australian court system. It provides an interesting overview of the criminal justice system's approach to DNA evidence, expert evidence, and a plethora of other matters that affect convictions in cases. It has some really good points and some interesting examination of the issues, but it does come up onto a few hitches.

I found some of the segments extrao
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Bree T
This book focuses on six cases resulting in wrongful convictions, through several different ways. To be honest I was unfamiliar with most of them, barring the last case, which concerns a lawyer for underground criminal figures, turned police informer. For protection, she was known as ‘Lawyer X’. It’s a pretty famous case here in Melbourne, particularly because of precisely who she was representing during her time as a lawyer/informant and also the fact that she often informed on them or those th ...more
Books.and.brews_
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Happy pub day to Reasonable Doubt by Xanthé Mallett!
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We all put our faith in the criminal justice system. We trust the professionals; the police, the lawyers, the judges, the expert witnesses. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail?

Henry Keogh spent almost twenty years locked away for a murder that never even happened. Khalid Baker was imprisoned for the death of a man his best friend has openly admitted to causing. And the exposure of 'Law
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Tanvi
Dec 05, 2020 marked it as abandoned
This book was written in a very clinical style. I’m sure the author is an expert in her profession and genuinely cares about wrongful conviction, but I need something a bit more absorbing.
TheCosyDragon
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
“We all put our faith in the criminal justice system. We trust the professionals: the police, the lawyers, the judges, the expert witnesses. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail? … Exposing false confessions, polices biases, misplaced evidence and dodgy science, Reasonable Doubt is an expert’s account of the murky underbelly of our justice system – and the way it affects us all.”

This book was both interesting and problematic. I wasn’t really sure wh
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A M L
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A hard read. We should be able to trust the police and the courts, but we cannot.

I found the exposure of Dr. Colin Manock's incompetence to be particularly troubling. There are three potential child murderers that have evaded justice due to the unwarranted deference the police have shown to his "skills", and god knows how many falsely convicted people.

There is so much danger in seeking to wrap up a case quickly. If this book taught me anything its that if you're arrested, lawyer up immediately a
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Norrie Sanders
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Summary
Author, criminologist and TV presenter, Dr Xanthé Mallett, has once again tapped into the rich vein of Australian true crime to provide disturbing examples of innocent people sent to jail. Despite compelling evidence of the wrongs, the overturning of a conviction often takes decades and longer again for any compensation.
All of the cases have received media coverage and may be familiar to many readers. But the media are constrained by newsworthiness, brevity and legal constraints, making
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Stephanie
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so excited when I found out that Dr Xanthe Mallett had brought out her third book this year! I read Cold Case Investigations last year and loved how informative it was. This book was the same. I was intrigued right from the beginning with each chapter being seperated into a different case. The book also included expert excerpts in each chapter about subjects like DNA profiling. I was concerned that I would be able to follow a lot of the cases as it read with a lot of courtroom jargon, but ...more
Khan Ashraf  Alif
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
These things are unthinkable but very real and valuable to know for life experiences
Holly Kildare
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good read. It started slowly, but after the lengthy introduction I found it very interesting. Xanthe writes as she speaks, and she speaks well.
Lilly
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting and opened my eyes to how common and terrifying miscarriages of justice are. Backed up with heaps of information and facts
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