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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My thoughts simply went this far; I have always believed that it is not only criminals that make unforgivable mistakes — but that those prosecuting are also only human; there should be no life or death decision made whe Previous to reading this book, my injustce and thoughts on the death penalty were almost non-existent.

Clive Stafford Smith, who took on Mr Maharaj’s case pro bono after the original trial, sets out why the original trial went so wrong and stacford the absurd twists and turns of a legal system that he says is designed to ignore innocence. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Injustice System

Enter Clive Stafford Smith, a charismatic public defender with a passion for lost causes who calls up old files and embarks on his own investigation. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the criminal justice system and, in particular, its failings. Interesting and well written “true crime” book in the “innocent convict” category.

To ask other readers questions about The Injustice Systemplease sign up. Fascinerend boek over het juridische systeem in Amerika. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story. Topics Society books The Observer. In each he looks at the case and where it failed. This powerful book reads like a page-turning legal thriller with one crucial difference: This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.

I have read many legal thrillers, including those staffogd John Grisham who endorses this book but it is one thing to read about injustice, legal corruption and police incompetence in a fictional setting, and quite another to see it ruthlessly, thoroughly exposed, in a real case which has led to the British defendant, Kris Maharaj, spending 26 years of his life in an American prison, much of it under the threat of the electric chair; and all of this fo This is a wonderful, shocking, cclive book.


What really matters throughout the book is that this is killing as a matter of procedure. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Lorilei Guillory asked the DA for a reprieve, which was denied. We don’t have the death penalty, or judges and prosecutors who stand smit election, campaigning on how harsh they can be. Stafford said on the witness chair “I think he is mentally ill. Step by step, Clive slowly dismantles the case, guiding us through the whole scaffolding of the legal process and revealing a fundamentally broken cluve whose goal is not so much to find the right man as to convict.

From Wikipedia, the free staftord. This book is disturbing and tragic, but also impressive and inspiring. In an interview broadcast by BBC television evening news on 9 SeptemberStafford Smith said that the second hunger strike was to protest against the imprisonment of juveniles under the age of 18 in Guantanamo Bay.

Holly rated it liked it May 20, The impressive and inspiring injusrice is the role of the author and his allies who have provided assistance to people who do not have the resources to fight for justice and who would be otherwise completely forgotten and voiceless.

This remarkable book reads like a page-turning detective story, with one crucial difference: He followed this degree with another in law at Columbia University in New York. Amna Sumbal rated it really liked it Dec 28, Because every absurdity, every injustice, has xlive own logic, its own level of injystice.

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

For the most part the US legal system refuses to account for any of their mistakes or short-commings. This story is so awful and I cannot comprehend how there are so many selfish, lying people in this world. Here too I kept thinking: It flive a brilliant examination of the American legal system.


A damning indictment of the American legal system. Juries in capital cases are vetted on the basis that anyone who in principle disagrees with execution for capital crimes is inadmissible to sit staffodr one. Many if not most people would feel that in this kind of case there’s no smoke without fire and that there must be something to the charges.

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Dec 06, Luke rated it it was amazing. Mr Stafford Smith has always been a hero as far as I’m concerned. Jan rated it liked it Jun 23, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 25, Pages Buy. Sep 13, James Calow rated it it was amazing. In a follow-up documentary, Stafford Smith conducted his own investigation into the murder case for which Smth had been executed.

Suspecting Kris may be innocent, as he claims, Stafford Smith begins his own investigation, which takes him from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas cliive Colombia in search of the real killer.

Godric Bader and the Scott Bader Commonwealth An innocent man is convicted of murder, systematically and deviously denied any opportunity to vindicate himself, and, as a result of being framed for the murders, has been languishing in prison for more than 25 years. I understand the issues associated with it, and Ive had many smart, thoughtful people try to smithh me otherwise. InKris Maharaj, a British businesman living in Miami, was arrested injustiec the brutal murder of two ex-business associates.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Feb 03, Brett Crowley rated it it was amazing.