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Book review: Guilty until Proven Innocent, by Jon Robins

Jon Robins anatomises a criminal appeals system that appears to prioritise public confidence over individual fairness, that only grudgingly admits miscarriages of justice and that, even then, fails to compensate its victims unless they prove the very innocence they were presumed to have had in the first place. Continue reading

Book review: Doing Justice by Preet Bharara

In a fascinating and instructive memoir, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, famed as the ‘Sheriff of Wall St’, explains the role and functions of a public prosecutor and recalls some of the most interesting cases of his career. Continue reading

Film review: On the Basis of Sex

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who has changed the course of legal history in America and inspired generations of lawyers by her indomitable spirit. Paul Magrath reviews a film which charts the events in her life leading up to her first major court triumph in the continuing struggle against sex discrimination. Continue reading

Book review: Under the Wig by William Clegg QC

This is both a case book and a memoir, by one of our leading criminal practitioners. The cases are famous ones that got massive newspaper coverage at the time, and the man described in the memoir is both a typical and in some ways not a typical criminal law defender. Review by Paul Magrath. Continue reading

Book review: One Law For the Rest of Us, by Peter Murphy

The latest novel to chart the career of Peter Murphy’s increasingly successful young criminal barrister Ben Schroeder combines the horribly contemporary issue of historic sexual abuse with a gripping courtroom drama in which the laws of evidence and the interests of national security are in play, set during the murky political era of the early 1970s. Continue reading