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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It wasn’t until a young lawyer working for nothing, Clive Stafford Smith, took on his case that strong evidence began to xtafford that the state of Florida had got the wrong man. On 9 June he told an audience that he had visited the facility 34 times. InKris Maharaj was arrested in Miami for the murder of his ex- business partner. Memoirs of a Born Free. Stafford Smith published a memoir about his experiences at Guantanamo, Bad Men: A Writer of Our Time.

Absorbing look into the American legal system and the shameful result for one innocent man and his family. Lists with This Book. 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. It is a brilliant examination of the American legal system.

The amount of corruption uncovered by Stafford Smith and his team is absolutely shocking. Justice is not served in the end.

Stafford Smith worked for the Southern Prisoners’ Defense Committee, based in Atlantanow known as the Southern Center for Human Rightsand on other campaigns to help convicted defendants sentenced to capital punishment.


It also highlights the incredible work of Reprieve, unique in seeking to defend those on death row or those who are victims of counter terrorism policies, bridging the gap created through lack of legal aid, replacing what should be an essential human right. Fantastic eye-opening book, written by a man who is passionate about justice.

Return to Book Page. Published July 5th by Harvill Secker first published January 1st Books by Clive Stafford Smith. Clive’s descriptions of what makes it an injustice system, unfortunately, ring very true to me. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Some parts inspiring but mostly horrifying. It will change your mind and change your life. Lists with This Book.

This powerful book reads like a page-turning legal thriller with one crucial difference: Justin Norman rated it it was amazing Jan 28, In an adversarial system, zealous prosecution can be counteracted by equally zealous defense.

Can the death of a murderer truly bring closure to the victim’s family?

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

Please try again later. He warned the audience that prisoners were likely staafford die very soon. He has been imprisoned for 26 years for crimes he did not commit,though his sentence has been commuted to life.

Nov 30, Shandra Jackson marked it as to-read. Holly rated it liked it May 20, In addition, he stafvord represented more than of the detainees held as enemy combatants since at the US Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The Injustice System

My thoughts simply went this far; I have always believed that it is not only criminals that staffford unforgivable mistakes — but that those prosecuting are also only human; there should be no life or death decision made whe Previous to reading this book, my opinions and thoughts on the death penalty were almost non-existent. The second, more injusttice, way to read this remarkable smithh is as a staffore of a country we think we know and may enjoy or even love — of its judicial system, in particular, and its institutional fibre in general.


The portrait he paints of the Americal legal system is shocking and darkly comic – some of the judgements along the way have been worthy wmith Alice in Wonderland. Sarah Hannay rated it it was amazing Oct 15, This is a large book and as I started reading it I thought it was going to be pages of court transcripts and examination of the facts, so after 10 pages I put it down. Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons was published by Phoenix in Jammer dat de Nederlandse vertaling zo slecht is.

The Parents Circle-Families Forum 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.

So far, so good – except that, as Stafford Smith argues here so compellingly, the American justice system is actually designed to ignore innocence.

In the end, I suspect there was a stafford sigh of relief from the White House that the lunatic fringe did not prevail. Throughout, unsigned orders for Maharaj’s execution were drawn up before the sentence was delivered. Looking for More Great Reads? A crusading lawyer is determined to free him. He lives in London. O ne can read this book two ways, preferably both.

God send me a lawyer who cares, if I ever get into trouble. A deeply harrowing read, shocking and compelling; well worth a few hours of your time. October Learn how and when to remove this template message.