What is this you ask? Plain old puppet theatre is what it is. Marionettes doing serious stuff. How tricky can that be? Review from Montreal Gazette Finally, just room to mention another representation of man’s inhumanity to man, again involving puppetry. Kafka’s Le procès (The Trial), as presented by Slovenia’s Théâtre de Marionnettes de Maribor, takes place inside... 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 →
As a woman in Australia I'm grateful we don't face the possibility of being capitally convicted and face the death penalty. Once in Australia women did. Once in Australia we had juries of matrons, yes, venerable matrons ....
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. .
A new year and I find myself reflecting on recent times. Working in the criminal defence field you know the meaning of eternal vigilance. Your work is about maintaining that vigilance ensuring that Australian citizens enjoy liberty, freedom, privacy, due process and justice, the bulwarks of any liberal democracy. I can't ignore the political,... Continue Reading →
Clarence Darrow was a criminal lawyer, a civil libertarian and more. He was an attorney for the damned, the oppressed, the persecuted, the disadvantaged. He championed the little guy. Mr. Darrow loathed religious bigotry. He was colour-blind when it came to people. 'To me,' he frequently said, 'people are not simply... Continue Reading →
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 →