Justified & Ancient
- May 14, 2015
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Kind of reminds me of the BBC's recent adaptation of Alex McBride's Defending the Guilty, which I very much enjoyed; starring the excellent young actor Will Sharpe (who also did a very splendid job in Giri/Haji). Also Sarah Langford's, In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law - which I read at the beginning of this year.
To be honest, I think the idea of saving 'genuine innocents', although clearly extremely desirable, is a bit of a red herring in regard to the main point of the defence's role in an adversarial system - which is to test the Crown's case to the most exhaustive degree possible. I would argue that the safest convictions are those where it is the defence, and not the prosecution, that has put up the most effective fight.
As Mikefule says above - the defence represents a single cog in a larger machine, without which that machine fails entirely.
(I find the law absolutely fascinating - and in another lifetime...who knows?)
Edit: Hutchinson's near classic, Is Eating People Wrong?: Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World was part of my lockdown reading list. Don't say there's nothing Fortean about the law.
(And the answer is...well, it kind of depends.)
Has anyone seen the Escape Artist starring David Tennent? That was good, he got the guy off but wouldn’t shake his hand then the guy comes and murders his family, but what happened after that was brilliant.