Injustice: State Trials from Socrates to Nuremberg [NOOK Book]

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To a lawyer, injustice is the unfair conduct of a trial. Consequently, a trial can be considered 'fair' even though an innocent man has been convicted, and vice versa. To the person on the street a fair trail is one which results in the guiltly being convicted and the innocent acquitted. In this fascinating book, Brian Harris QC looks into several notorious cases of supposed injustice - Socrates, Joan of Arc, Charles I, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Admiral Byng, Lord Haw-Haw, and the Nuremberg Trials. Was Byng condemed...
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Injustice: State Trials from Socrates to Nuremberg

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Overview

To a lawyer, injustice is the unfair conduct of a trial. Consequently, a trial can be considered 'fair' even though an innocent man has been convicted, and vice versa. To the person on the street a fair trail is one which results in the guiltly being convicted and the innocent acquitted. In this fascinating book, Brian Harris QC looks into several notorious cases of supposed injustice - Socrates, Joan of Arc, Charles I, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Admiral Byng, Lord Haw-Haw, and the Nuremberg Trials. Was Byng condemed because of a misunderstanding of the Articles of War? Should the Tolpuddle Martyrs have been convicted under an Act of Parliament passed for an entirely different purpose? Should Nazi leaders have been convicted of crimes which did not exist at the time they were committed? Brian Harris asks both the legal question 'was the trial fair?' and the humane question 'was the accused guilty or innocent?'. The results are surprising, raising issues which still resonate today. How far should society tolerate dissent? Can a belief in social justice a campaign of terrorism? Are we in the free world justified in attacking a tyrant who is not directly threatening us?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752495675
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,133,993
  • File size: 373 KB

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The traitors
1 The divine ruler : the trial of Charles I, 1649 7
2 The diarist : the trial of Sir Roger Casement, 1916 20
3 The broadcaster : the trial of William Joyce, 1946 42
4 The atom spies : the trial of the Rosenbergs, 1951 54
Pt. 2 The ungodly
5 The maid : the trial of Joan of Arc, 1431 81
6 The starry messenger : the trial of Galileo, 1633 93
Pt. 3 The clash of arms
7 The scapegoat : the trial of Admiral Byng, 1757 109
8 The assassins : the trial of Lincoln conspirators, 1865 126
9 The Nazis : the Nuremberg Trials, 1945 147
Pt. 4 The disaffected
10 The gadfly : the trial of Socrates, 399 BC 165
11 The good servant : the trial of Sir Thomas More, 1535 175
12 The martyrs : the trial of Tolpuddle Martyrs, 1834 189
13 The anarchists : the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, 1921 201
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