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Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012
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"True stories of wrongful convictions are by their nature utterly compelling. In Injustice, Clive Stafford Smith details a spectacular example of a bogus conviction, and the many lives ruined by it... A superbly written account of only one case, but one of thousands" (John Grisham)
"Stafford Smith is a true hero and this book helps explain why" (Jon Ronson)
"His book demonstrates with painful clarity not only how badly the US judicial process can go wrong, but how hard it is for the courts to acknowledge a mistake… Stafford Smith’s investigation unfolds with all the twists and turns of a Hollywood whodunit" (Sunday Times)
"If you believe in the death penalty, read this book. It will change your mind and change your life. A book that zaps through you at 2,000 volts – just like the current used to execute a man in the electric chair" (Susan Hill)
"An empowering read for anyone who cares about the humane implementation of justice - no matter where it is" (Colin Firth)
"This remarkable book… is an empirical study and exposition of that inimitably American blend of apathy and cruelty, of efficiency on one hand, ineptitude on the other. It is not only about institutional America, but – since Stafford Smith is a Brit – about our own special relationship with America, and the things we choose not to see or confront" (Ed Vulliamy Observer)
"Clive Stafford Smith is an extraordinary lawyer, but he is also a great storyteller and his account of the Kris Maharaj death row case is a powerful thriller, beautifully told" (Helena Kennedy Q.C.)
"A terrific read. Stranger than any fiction and much more exciting than Miami Vice" (Geoffrey Robertson Q.C.)
"Impressive and moving… Until you know how the trial went wrong, how the death penalty is actually carried out, how redress is remote, it is impossible to make a difference. But we can, and we must. Inaction by any one of us is the handmaiden of injustice" (Michael Mansfield Q.C.)
"For anyone coming fresh to the American judicial system, the story will beggar belief. Interwoven through Maharaj’s Kafkaesque experience is Stafford Smith’s angry, though controlled expose of the US justice system" (Robert Chesshyre Literary Review)
Shortlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize.
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A man wrongly convicted of murder, a crusading lawyer determined to overturn the death penalty and an investigation that reveals corruption at every turn. This remarkable book reads like a page-turning detective story, with one crucial difference: can we be sure that justice will be served?
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Kris has been the fall guy for everyone but in true American fashion the tanks as usual cannot accept the fact or admit it.
Where is democracy now Mr Obama, a man who should have access to funds cannot get access to defend himself, his lawyer is made to suffer with his client. I salute Clive Stafford Smith for keeping with it. I read this book after seeing Krishna Maharaj's plight on TV .
Surely, Americans are not that thick and they can see the case for what it really is? I hope and pray he comes out of prison while he is alive otherwise American judiciary have the blood of an innocent man on there hands putting them in the dock!
The law applied in the uk i think would on the evidence provided have cleared Kris Maharaj of the charge of murder
The law applied in the different states of the USA has left this man languishing on death row.
The author has explained these differences in great detail using his personal expertise in the British legal system.
I still remember watching. "Fourteen days in May" documentary, in my mid teens, when he tried, but failed, to save a young man from the gas chamber. It doesn't seem an awful lot has changed since then in terms of legal processes. For example how can a legal system in a free and democratic system allow a judge to rule that "yes the defence lawyer did fall asleep during the trial but not during important moments"!! Just one of the main examples that Clive highlights but he also goes into the underpinning philosophy of the legal system to try to explain why such ridicoulos moments can occur.
A controversial, thought-provoking book by someone who knows only his subject only too well. Makes the shocking assertion that innocence is no guarantee of escaping a death sentence or life-without-parole 'reprieve' in the US justice system.
For a fuller review, see my blog [...] - Injustice - and, if the subject interests you, keep an eye out for 'Survivor on Death Row,' soon to be published as an e-book. Details will be on the same website.
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