Injustice by Clive Stafford Smith

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Stafford Smith has dedicated his life to defending prisoners on death row, and he writes with authority and passion, such as in the shocking account of when he watched a client "roast to death" on the electric chair.
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This title is shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2013. In 1986, Kris Maharaj, a British businessman living in Miami, was arrested for the brutal murder of two ex-business associates. His lawyer did not present a strong alibi; Kris was found guilty and sentenced to death in the electric chair. It wasn't until a young lawyer working for nothing, Clive Stafford Smith, took on his case that strong evidence began to emerge that the state of Florida had got the wrong man on Death Row. So far, so good - except that, as Stafford Smith argues here so compellingly, the American justice system is actually designed to ignore innocence. Twenty-six years later, Maharaj is still in jail. Step by step, Stafford Smith untangles the Maharaj case and the system that makes disasters like this inevitable. His conclusions will act as a wake-up call for those who condone legislation which threatens basic human rights and, at the same time, the personal story he tells demonstrates that determination can challenge the institutions that surreptitiously threaten our freedom.
 

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Born in 1959, Clive Stafford Smith is a lawyer specialising in defending people accused of the most serious crimes, and is the founder and Director of UK legal action charity Reprieve. Based in the US for twenty-six years, he now works from the UK where he continues to defend prisoners on Death Row, and challenges the continued incarceration of those held in secret prisons around the world. To date he has secured the release of 65 prisoners from Guant namo Bay and still acts for fifteen more. His book Bad Men (shortlisted for the 2008 Orwell Prize) described this campaign. Alongside many other awards, in 2000 he received an OBE for 'humanitarian services'.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Harvill Secker.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences.
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Reviewed by Ian Pindar on Aug 16 2013

Stafford Smith has dedicated his life to defending prisoners on death row, and he writes with authority and passion, such as in the shocking account of when he watched a client "roast to death" on the electric chair.

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Reviewed by Ed Vulliamy on Jul 07 2012

I like books with long Notes sections . Stafford Smith's goes on for more than 100 illuminating pages that are almost as shocking as the body text...

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