By Ken Crispin
What is justice? How does our felony procedure paintings? How will we belief a method that's so changeable and largely criticised? And are our legislation particularly powerful? those are a number of the primary questions that former best courtroom pass judgement on Ken Crispin units out to reply to during this enlightening and thought-provoking booklet.
The legislations is likely one of the cornerstones of western democracy, and the judiciary certainly one of its such a lot adored associations. From a history of feudalism and repression, our hugely complicated criminal-justice method has advanced to surround a appreciate for social values and the rights of people. lately, in spite of the fact that, it has develop into seen that rights comparable to freedom of speech, freedom of organization, and freedom from detention with out trial have gotten more and more endangered. The ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric of police and politicians, the ‘war on drugs’, the ‘reforms’ designed to extend conviction premiums, and the lack of rights as a result of worry of terrorism all aspect to an erosion of justice in western societies. Are we any more secure for this reason? Or may possibly our flight from long-defended rules really be making issues worse?
Ken Crispin’s wealth of expertise on each side of the bar — from showing for high-profile defendants equivalent to Lindy and Michael Chamberlain to prosecuting murderers and rapists, and later sitting at the ACT ultimate courtroom bench — makes him the suitable consultant for locating a fashion via those thorny felony thickets. Having witnessed the agony of these crying out for justice all through his profession, Crispin lays naked the strengths and weaknesses of the felony process with nice readability and compassion. Compelling and simply understandable, yet by no means simplistic, this can be the definitive advisor to justice as we all know it.
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