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Defending the Guilty: Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom

ISBN13: 9780241986912
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Expert, authoritative, hilarious - an insider's fearless account of life at the criminal bar

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Gripping, engaging, compelling. The real life of criminal barristers is expertly caught

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The official TV tie-in edition of Defending the Guilty.

How do we ensure that the guilty are convicted and the innocent walk free?

Shortlisted for the Crime Writers Award Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, true crime meets humour in Defending the Guilty, a hilariously funny and eye-opening expose of the criminal justice system.

Every day, criminal barrister Alex McBride stands up in court and attempts to save people from conviction, prison, even a lifetime behind bars. Sometimes it's a hopeless case. Sometimes he has the chance to right a wrong. But mostly his clients are just plain guilty.

In Defending the Guilty, McBride takes us behind the scenes of Britain's criminal justice system. He introduces us to its extraordinary characters and arcane eccentricities, and tells astonishing stories of courtroom triumph and defeat. Whether he's defending hapless teenagers at Harlow Youth Court or prosecuting gold bullion robbers at the Old Bailey, these hair-raising tales reveal that justice rarely operates in quite the way we expect.

General Interest, Biography, Legal Humour
Part One: Basic Training
Middle Temple Lane
Meets the Clients
Saturday Court is the Party Court
Part Two: The Bear Pit
Low-quality Crime for Low-quality Advocates
The Unlikely Story of Trial by Jury
The Shelf of Dreams
Part Three: Proving the Case
Getting Past Half Time
The Evidential Burden
Identification: Id know him Among a Thousand
Disclosure: Friends in High Places
Playing the Odds
Part Four: Judgement
The Purple Lifeboat
Trusting the Jury
Doling it Out
Part Five: Change
Smoke in Your Eyes
Going Guilty
The Great Rebalancing