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Bent : Australia's Crooked Cops

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All police forces great and small have had incidents of corruption that bedevil the thousands of decent officers who serve the public. Morton and Lobez have illustrated, in several Gangland books, that Australia almost certainly has out-ganged other countries and that in terms of Aussie Stings, Australia cons above its weight. Now they turn their spotlight on big bad cops. So how does Australia fare in the police corruption stakes? And which state wins the bent cop handicap? Lobez and Morton examine the problems from the landing of the First Fleet through to the present day looking at the troubles caused by greed, power, drink, sex, money and more latterly drugs. They compare the Australian experiences in all states with corruption in America, England and Hong Kong, concentrating in particular on organised corruption from top to bottom and the involvement of judges, lawyers and politicians. And which state has the shadiest cops? You may be surprised.show more

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  • Melbourne University Press
  • Melbourne University Press Digital
  • Australia
  • 0522866506
  • 9780522866506

About James Susanna/Morton Lobez

Formerly a criminal defence lawyer, since 1991 James Morton has written over forty books including the best selling Gangland Australia series with broadcaster and barrister Susanna Lobez. He is also the author of biographies of Lola Montez, the 19th century courtesan who shocked Australia with her bad acting and even worse morals and Eugene Vidocq, a criminal who became Paris' first detective. He divides his time between England and Australia and is presently working on a book of worldwide Miscarriages of Justice which will include the Gun Alley murder and the Edgar Cook killings in Perth. Susanna Lobez is an actor-turned-barrister-turned-broadcaster. She was was so remorselessly cast as a lawyer in theatre and soapies in the 1980s, that she went back to study as a law student in 1986. After brief stints in a law firm and the Victorian Bar, Susanna turned to broadcasting in 1993 as a specialist legal producer and presenter of The Law Report on ABC Radio followed by ABC Television's Law Matters. She has written feature articles for The Age and columns for The Sunday Herald Sun. For many years Susanna has combined her broadcasting and legal skills as specialist presenter of legal and business updates with The Television Education Network. Since 2007 Susanna has co-written seven books with her friend and fellow lapsed lawyer, James Morton, including the bestselling Gangland Australia. Their latest book explores police corruption in Australia from colonial days to the present.show more