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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As I was reading, I often laughed out loud, not because what I read was funny in an amusing way, but because it was totally absurd, unbelievable, like a tale from Alice in Wonderland or coive justice system designed by S,ith Kafka.

There are dishonest cops, smug prosecutors, a feckless defense lawyer now a judgeand venal witnesses. A deeply harrowing read, shocking and compelling; well worth a few hours of your time. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America by Clive Stafford Smith

Jun 29, Jacob Mitchell rated it it was amazing. That is the question that comes up again and again, throughout this terrible story. The plight of Mr Maharaj and his wife Marita is described in a matter-of-fact and non-sensational way, which only makes it all the more moving. Preview — Injustice by Clive Stafford Smith. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He has been imprisoned for 26 years for crimes he did not commit,though his sentence has been commuted to life.

However, his appeals have repeatedly come up against a judicial-prosecutorial system in Florida intent on protecting its own people and hiding its shameful past transgressions from scrutiny. In the course of zmith the crime, trial, and appeals, Smith paints a bleak picture of criminal justice in America—this is Miami after all, not some backwater town. After all, innocent men aren’t sentenced to death, are they?

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InKris Maharaj, a British businesman living in Miami, was arrested for the bru A man wrongly condemned to death for murder, a crusading lawyer determined to free him, an investigation that reveals corruption at every turn. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In JulyStafford Smith accused former Foreign Secretary Staffore Miliband of “fighting tooth and nail” to prevent the release of vital documents during the Binyam Mohamed case.

This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat In he received the Gandhi International Peace Award. Interesting and well written “true crime” book in the “innocent convict” category.

Further reading went to show how wrong you can be.

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 InKris Maharaj, a British businesman living in Miami, was arrested for the brutal murder of two ex-business associates.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Should we still allow the death penalty when it encourages people to be vindictive? The Parents Circle-Families Forum Hard to follow at times with so many legal examples but still a great book that has you questioning our system.

Stafford Smith’s goes on for more than illuminating pages that are almost as shocking as the body text, including such gems as a capital case in which the judge has to explain to the defence lawyer what was happening. Jul 26, Brian Capaloff rated it it was amazing. This story is so awful and I cannot comprehend how there are so many selfish, lying people in this world. It would be nice to think things are better in Britain; and certainly some things are different.

Wright Brothers, Wrong Story. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. In law, the flawed decision-making destroys people’s lives and is hard to reverse.

Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. Step by step, Clive slowly dismantles the case, guiding us through the whole scaffolding of the snith process and revealing a fundamentally broken system whose goal is not so much to find the right man as to convict.


Clibe the bottom line is that this is how America administers the law when a human life is at stake. Reading this book is a harrowing experience. Using the example of sstafford case, that of wrongly accused Kris Maharaj, the book demonstrates how he has been systematically failed, suffering one miscarriage of justice after another the extent of which is frightening and heartbreaking in equal measure.

This is a wonderful, shocking, compelling book. Should we still allow the death penalty, all while knowing that mistakes do occur and that death is an irrevocable sentence?

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In each he looks at the case and where it failed. Loading comments… Trouble loading? There are very few really evil people in this story; just a system that with a maze of rules which, as everyone follows them, leads to a result that it totally inhumane.

The book examines the US system and demonstrates inuustice need for reform due to the politicisation of justice over the last few decades. Retrieved from ” https: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. He shines a harsh light on the conventional belief that the innocent rarely go as far as trial and are seldom convicted, and the immunity of prosecutors from accusations of wrongdoing, including withholding evidence that could prove defendants innocent.

Inhe helped set up a new justice center for prisoner advocacy in New Orleans. Nov 30, Shandra Jackson marked it as to-read.

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