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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Stap voor stap wordt je meegenomen in het verhaal. The book is divided into very clear sections: One condemned man writhed for several minutes while sparks and flames encircled his head before being finally released by death — all this watched by his widow.

Clive’s descriptions of what makes it an injustice system, unfortunately, ring very true to me. That that person is still in prison, but thankfully no longer on Death Row is equally unbelievable, but Injustice exposes a legal system in which people are bred to be blinded by their knee-jerk acceptance of guilt and cannot see evidence of doubt if it were to approach them in a That someone can spend so many years in prison, a large number of these on Death Row awaiting a date for that appointment with your legal murderer, when the evidence against you is so incredibly thin is beyond belief.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Oct 07, CuteBadger rated it really liked it. Brilliant book and a very frustrating turn of events. Stafford Smith had acted as Johnson’s c,ive and was seen trying to halt the execution. It would be nice to think things are better in Britain; and certainly some things are different.

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. Sep 29, Janet Biehl rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Court held that the executive branch did not have the authority to set up a justice system outside the existing civil and military legal systems.


This is a must-read for anyone smit in the criminal justice system and, in particular, its failings. Stafford Smith’s goes on for more than illuminating pages that are almost as shocking as the sttafford text, including such gems as a capital case in which the judge has to explain to the defence lawyer what was happening. This shocking and fascinating book puts paid to the myth of the fairness of the US judicial system, by again and again pointing out the overwhelming evidence that Mr Maharaj is innocent.

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Injushice to reading this book, my opinions and thoughts on the death penalty were almost non-existent. The jurors accepted that the accused was suffering from mental illness, but condemned Langley to capital punishment. This book helps to show why. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I support the death penalty.

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

Dit boek over het Amerikaanse rechtssysteem leest als een thriller maar is gebaseerd op een echte moordzaak waarin van alles is misgegaan. Lists with This Book. Refresh and try again. Smith is very critical of the prosecutorial system in the US, arguing that prosecutors are geared to get a conviction rather than to do justice. En dat ook nog eens met heldere argumenten onderbouwt.

The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong by Clive Stafford Smith

And on a smaller scale, this book reminded me of another British case, less 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: InMaharaj’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Aug 01, Jackaline Rutter rated it really liked it.


All the other cases he quotes are fascinating, if also rather depressing. Emma Leong rated it it was amazing Dec 26, And Clive Stafford Smith, who has spent much of his life working for pitifully small rewards for clients on Death Row, describes exactly how and why all this happens. Andy rated it it was amazing Jul 29, America’s and Guantanamo Bay’s best British friend.

Here too I kept thinking: He also highlights where the American legal system is flawed in all of these areas as well.

A brilliant criticism of the American legal system and the death penalty. Gemma rated it it was amazing Dec 01, But in my gut, I still think that some crimes are so heinous, it is the only just punishment.

Nov 08, Pages. Oct 18, Victoria rated it really liked it. About Clive Stafford Smith.

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Trivia About The Injustice Sys Jan 18, David Archer rated it it was amazing. 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.

God send me a lawyer who cares, if I ever get into trouble. One thing is his client’s and his own unwavering belief in the defendant’s innocence, another is proof of what actually happened, both to cause the miscarriage of justice and why.