'If you represent the less popular in society you transgress a moral law'. Was saddened to hear the campaigning Mr. Trump make a statement to this effect in 2016 while attacking lawyers for defending persons charged with crimes. The National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers (USA) 'strongly condemns attacks by any party or candidate directed at... Continue Reading →
Enjoying the vivid cover from the new translation of Dostoyesvki's 'Crime and Punishment' regarded by The Spectator as a masterpiece. What started out as a post looking at various representations of 'Crime and Punishment' over the years, via book covers, has ended up asking what does 'Crime and Punishment' and crime and punishment mean for a criminal... Continue Reading →
When you work in the adversary system of law, specifically criminal defence, you are working to protect a person's liberty. Liberty is big. Real big. It is the big goal, the overarching principle at issue. Liberty IS the face of justice in the end. It is the principal legal and moral ethic by which you... Continue Reading →
Contemplating putting together a bit of dialogue suitable for a short mock criminal trial presentation set in late 19C South Australia. I want the lawyers' costumes to be historically accurate. .
As a lawyer you see “the oily wheels of every fortune, the hideous wrangling of heirs over corpses not yet cold, the human heart grappling with the Penal Code.” BALZAC, Honoré de (1799-1850) : Le Notaire (1840). You also get your brain picked. Ugh! Sometimes I just want to run, keep running, especially... Continue Reading →