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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Interesting and well written “true crime” book in the “innocent convict” category. Not only for his work on death row, but for what he went on to do for those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. Als tegenstander van de doodstraf natuurlijk koren op mijn molen, maar vooral ook leerzaam om te zien hoe de schrijver die vele terdoodveroordeelden pro deo heeft verdedigd niet de schuld legt bij een ogenschijnlijk incompetente verdediger, rechter of jury, maar volledig bij het systeem.

I urge people to read this book, pray that they never find themselves a criminal defendant in Florida, or indeed in many other states, and support the work of the author and his allies.

Goed geschreven en een prachtig boek over misstanden in de Amerikaanse rechtspraak. But the death penalty has cpive a theme whereby Britain can feel good about itself, for all the special relationship with America. All the other cases he quotes are fascinating, if also rather depressing.

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

Oct 07, CuteBadger rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Ghost of a Chance. Suspecting Kris may be innocent, as he claims, Stafford Smith begins his own investigation, which takes him from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas to Colombia in search of the real killer.

Open Preview See a Problem? Justice is not served in the end. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. To ask other readers questions about Injusticeplease sign up. Henry Howe rated it it was amazing Aug 02, 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. Absorbing look stqfford the American legal system and the shameful result for one innocent man and his family. More recently, Clive has turned a strategic eye to the other secret detention sites, including Bagram in Afghanistan and the British island of Diego Garcia.


Stafford Smith relates, unsparingly, the barbarism of execution, and the gratuitous, procedural humiliations and cruelties America includes for the hell of it. Jul 26, Brian Capaloff rated it it was amazing. Smith is very critical of the prosecutorial system in the US, arguing that prosecutors are geared to get a conviction rather than to do iniustice.

Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons was published by Phoenix in We don’t have the death penalty, or judges and prosecutors who stand for election, campaigning on how harsh they can be. Sarah Hannay rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Injustice has strengthened my opposition of the death penalty, and particularly the belief that everybody deserves a free trial. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads iniustice.

In a follow-up documentary, Stafford Smith conducted his own investigation into the murder case for which Johnson had been executed.

And due in large part to the frustrations of defense efforts in investigating and presenting the case on appeal, but cljve also some unusually convoluted international involvements, it never becomes completely clear what actually happened, nor even what Clive injushice happened. Archived from the original on 2 August Additionally the book highlights how there is not enough scrutiny of the police, which makes it more relevant than ever due to current events and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America – review

In addition, he has also highlighted points such as the potential failures of forensic evidence, the positive effects of some victim mediation processes etc that I previously had been ignorant of. Coram Children’s Legal Centre How does he not lose faith? It’s quite shocking how evidence is not admissible in court due to artbritary rulings on when it can be handed or injustoce.


Stranger than any fiction and much more exciting than Miami Vice. If you have any opinion on capital punishment, read this.

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It takes him from Miami to Nassau to Washington as he uncovers corruption at every turn. Less cogent, therefore, is the way Stafford Smith becomes the darling of the British liberal-legal aristocracy and their friends in the theatre, lining up on the back cover to praise him. Gemma rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Order by newest oldest recommendations. 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.

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He is also the founder and Director of Reprieve, a human rights not-for-profit organization. More recently, Clive has turned a strategic eye to the other secret detention sites, including Bagram in Afghanistan and the British island of Diego Garcia. The book is unusual for its genre in two ways: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lorilei Guillory asked the DA for a reprieve, which was denied. On 9 June he told an audience that he had visited the facility 34 times. Mar 25, Pages. It’s quite shocking how evidence is not admissible in court due to artbritary rulings on whe A brilliant criticism of the American legal system and the death penalty.

The jurors accepted that the accused was suffering from mental illness, but condemned Langley to capital punishment.