Enemy Within

Enemy Within

The Making of a Chef

The Making of a Chef

Nothing to Do with Justice

The Di Fingleton Story


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By Diane Fingleton
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 256
Book Size 241 x 165 x 20 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 22 Sep 2010
Subject Classification True stories / True crime

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This book is a shocking and riveting story of determination, struggle and incomprehensible cruelty. You will be left changed after you read it.

Charged wrongly under a criminal code in a disagreement over conditions of employment, Diane Fingleton, the former lawyer, magistrate and Chief Magistrate of Queensland, was unjustly sentenced, in the very same court she had presided over, to one year in prison. S tripped of her clothing, her dignity and her integrity, she was subjected to the deprivations of life whilst her character was assassinated in a massive campaign by local and national media.

Diane Fingleton

Diane Fingleton was born and educated in Brisbane. She started her working life as a stenographer on Bill Hayden staff during the Whitlam government years. In 1995, the Goss government appointed her to the magistracy and the Beattie government made her a senior magistrate three years later. In 1999, Diane was appointed to the position of Chief Magistrate. This appointment was seen as controversial amid suggestions that it was political. Appointed by Matt Foley, she was Queensland's first ever female Chief Magistrate In 2002, following the sending of an email to a fellow Magistrate in a disagreement over conditions of employment, Diane was wrongly charged under a criminal code for perverting the course of justice and imprisoned. She appealed; the Queensland Supreme Court appeal upheld her conviction but halved her jail sentence. In 2005, after an appeal to the High Court, her conviction was quashed.