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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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Lists with This Book. Not only for his work on death row, but for what he went on to do for those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. The book examines the US system and demonstrates the need for reform due to the politicisation of justice over the last few decades.

He is also the founder and Director of Reprieve, a human rights not-for-profit organization. And on a smaller scale, this book reminded me of another British case, smirh well known, not quite so cruel or nearly lethal as the injustice suffered by Kris Maharaj, but still similar in the sense of an innocent man trapped in a legal spider’s web which he cannot resist or escape: There is no guarantee that injustlce if you can prove that you tsafford innocent that you will be released.

Read it Forward Read it first. That is the question that comes up again and again, throughout this terrible story. That December he prepared a page brief for the defense of Saddam Smihtarguing that the former dictator should be tried in the U. We are not talking about murder arising from knife crime, gang warfare, lynching bankers or crimes of cruelty and passion — this is the process of what America calls law. Reading this book is a harrowing experience.

Oct 18, Victoria rated it really liked it. Stay in Touch Sign up. This book helps to show why. America’s and Guantanamo Bay’s best British friend.

What really matters throughout the book is that this is killing as a matter of procedure.

Clive Stafford Smith

Oct 02, Alastair Kerr rated it really liked it. About Clive Stafford Smith.


However I had promised to Read and Review this book so I picked it up again to give it another try and Smth am glad srafford I did. He followed this degree with another in law at Columbia University in New York. Stap voor stap wordt je meegenomen in het verhaal. It takes him from Miami to Nassau to Washington as he uncovers corruption at every turn.

Using the example of one 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 i have worked on death penalty cases for several years, but this book highlighted several aspects of the US Stafford system that I wasn’t aware of.

It is primarily the story of one case, that of Kris Maharaja British citizen tried for and sentenced to death for a murder Stafford Smith convincingly argues he did not commit: Want to Read saving….

Conversations with clients are considered classified, and cannot be discussed until they have full clivf. Sep 13, James Calow rated it it was amazing. Nov 08, Pages. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong

Secondly, the facts of the case are exceedingly complex. Bush as part of his “War on Terror”. I have read many legal thrillers, including those by John Grisham who endorses this book but it is one thing to read about injustice, legal corruption and police incompetence in a fictional setting, injusttice quite another to see it ruthlessly, thoroughly exposed, in a real case which has led to the British defendant, Injustiice 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, compelling book.

Stafford Smith worked for the Southern Prisoners’ Defense Committee, based in Atlantanow known as the Southern Center for Human Rightsand on other campaigns to help convicted defendants sentenced to capital punishment.

Smith first recounts the facts of the case and the trial that condemned him to death — it seems pretty open and shut. 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. It makes you wonder how he could have carried on with this largely unpaid work for injusticf many years.


Justice is not served in the end. 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 all the absurd twists and turns of a legal system that he says is designed to ignore innocence.

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

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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. 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.

Retrieved 28 March Injustice has strengthened my opposition of the death penalty, and particularly the belief that everybody deserves a free trial. So when a British MP, Peter Bottomley, tells the jury ‘This is a miscarriage of justice’ his video link is cut off and the defence lawyer threatened with jail!

Oct 21, Charlotta Norby rated it really liked it. Two of his clients, Binyam “Benjamin” Mohammed and Hisham Slitiparticipated in the hunger strikes. Apr 02, Xroldx rated it it was amazing. What has that got to do with justice?

Also the book discusses how the less money you have the more likely you are to be convicted mostly because of an attory’s incompetence.