Fairness of the Chamberlain Trial

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  • Topic: Azaria Chamberlain disappearance, Jury, Dingo
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Essay: Assess the Fairness of the Chamberlain Trial.
On the 17th of August, 1980, Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from her campsite at Ayers Rock. Her parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, claimed that a dingo had taken her. In order to assess the fairness of the Chamberlain Trial, we need to consider the role of the media, the nature of the evidence available at the trial and of the police investigation, the role of the jury, the role of the public prejudices and the findings of the Morling Royal Commission. All these factors led to the unfair sentence, it was only until the Morling Royal Commission established that the trial was unfair that the Chamberlain’s innocence was handed back to them. To begin the role of the media on the Chamberlain Trial was very heavy and bias, which helped to make the trial complete unfair. This was because the Chamberlains and the public were exposed to a lot of bias news from the media, which assumed that Lindy Chamberlain was guilty of murder before the trial even began. This made it increasingly difficult to find an impartial jury for the case. One example of this would be T-shirts, printed on them were images such as Azaria’s name in blood-red with a pair of scissors through it. Another factor which contributed to the unfairness of the Chamberlain Trial was the nature of the evidence available at the trial. This made the trial unfair as original evidence was also destroyed or altered. An example of this was Azaria’s jumpsuit which was found near two dingo dens. This was moved by Constable Frank Morris when he had found it. The prosecution in turn used this against Lindy Chamberlain by saying that she may have moved the jumpsuit to the dingoes’ dens after she had murdered Azaria. The results of the ‘foetal haemoglobin’ samples from the car were also destroyed by Joy Kuhl who claimed it was part of normal procedure. To add the unfairness of the Chamberlain Trial the ‘so-called’ evidence offered up by the prosecution was...
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