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The remarkable Clive Stafford Smith’s portrayal of the American judicial system is shocking and illuminating, writes Ed Vulliamy. An Atlantic Book of the Year and finalist for the Orwell Prize: a riveting true crime tale from the defense attorney who inspired John Grisham’s. Clive Stafford Smith. · Rating details · ratings · 23 reviews. A man wrongly condemned to death for murder, a crusading lawyer determined to free him.
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Emma Leong rated it it was amazing Dec 26, En dat ook nog eens met heldere argumenten onderbouwt. The legal system is more concerned with making a convinciton, than making a correct conviction. Xmith we’ve had our own scandals: Bush should have been secretly relieved that the more conservative members of the Supreme Court, who supported the administration’s appeal against the lower court’s ruling, were in the minority. It’s quite shocking how evidence is not admissible in court due to artbritary rulings on whe A brilliant criticism inhustice the American legal system and the death penalty.
The blurb calls Stafford Smith a “true hero”, and he probably is.
The Parents Circle-Families Forum I have read many legal thrillers, including those by John Grisham who endorses this book but it is one thing to read about injustice, legal corruption and police incompetence in a fictional setting, and quite another to see it ruthlessly, thoroughly exposed, in a real case which has led to the British defendant, Kris Maharaj, spending 26 years of his life in an American prison, much of it under the threat of the electric chair; and all of this for a crime which, as the author explains in compelling detail, he almost certainly did not commit.
More recently, Clive has turned a strategic eye to the other secret detention sites, including Bagram in Afghanistan and the British island of Diego Garcia. Mooi en leerrijk boek, geschreven door een zeer intelligent man.
Some parts inspiring but mostly horrifying. I’m proud to have copyedited this book for Viking. Bobbyswagg89 rated it really liked it Sep 30, Dec 08, Holly Morrow added it. Nov 08, Pages Buy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Als tegenstander van de doodstraf natuurlijk koren op mijn molen, maar vooral ook leerzaam om te zien hoe de schrijver die vele terdoodveroordeelden pro deo heeft verdedigd niet de schuld legt bij een ogenschijnlijk incompetente verdediger, rechter of jury, maar volledig bij het systeem.
Evidence that was deliberately suppressed during his original trial and which, for complicated and ridiculous legal reasons, could not be presented later. Stafford Smith worked for the Southern Prisoners’ Defense Committee, based in Atlantanow known as the Southern Center for Human Rightsand on other campaigns to help convicted defendants sentenced to capital punishment. While Smith is very persuasive, he obviously is not a disinterested observer, and I sometimes questioned his interpretation of things, if not his overall case that Maharaj is innocent.
Take just one appalling detail among hundreds: Gajen rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Trivia About The Injustice Sys It’s full of facts and examples of the way the system works or mostly doesn’t all woven around the detailed history of one of Stafford Smith’s clients on death row. Jun 29, Jacob Mitchell rated it it was amazing.
The government spends much more for the prosecution than for defence lawyers. He has been imprisoned for 26 years for crimes he did not commit,though his sentence has been commuted to life. Want to Read saving….
Boek laat een diepe indruk achter en laat je niet snel los. Dec 14, Dennis Diehl rated it liked it Shelves: Stafford Smith has assisted in filing habeas corpus petitions and lawsuits on behalf of detainees. StafforsMaharaj’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Ghost of a Chance. He is also the founder and Director of Reprieve, a human rights not-for-profit organization.
Any reasonable system would have done just that. Some evidence is falsified, other ingredients suppressed under the “prevailing ethos that all people who make it as far as a trial are guilty” by strutting prosecutors who — having secured Maharaj’s death sentence — feel “satisfaction that I hadn’t fumbled the ball, I hadn’t blown the kick, you know, as to It will change your mind and change your life.
Amna Sumbal rated it really liked it Dec 28, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Juries in capital cases are vetted on the basis that anyone who in principle disagrees with execution for capital crimes is inadmissible to sit on one. Simply a must read.
It is primarily the story of one case, that of Kris Maharaja British citizen tried for and sentenced to death for a murder Stafford Smith convincingly argues he did not commit: This creates an unbalanced court situation with one side being better equipped.
Wright Brothers, Wrong Story. The Shadow in the Garden. Justin Norman rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Mar 25, Pages. But remember, this is real-life! How does he not lose faith? Shocking, appalling, and horribly true. I believe that everybody has the right to a fair trial, particularly where syafford punishment is involved.
Enter Clive Stafford Smith, a charismatic public defender with a passion for lost causes who calls up old files and embarks on his own investigation. More recently, Clive has turned a strategic eye to the other secret detention sites, including Bagram in Afghanistan and the British island of Diego Garcia. A brilliant criticism of the American legal system and the death penalty.