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Defending the Guilty

Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom

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"As a criminal barrister, you work with the material you get: a junkie shoplifter with thirty-five previous convictions and four packs of Lidl's frozen chicken stuffed down his trousers is heading only one way..."

Every day, like every criminal barrister in this country, Alex McBride stands up in court and, with nothing but quick-thinking, sharp-talking and his hard-won legal expertise, attempts to save people from criminal conviction, prison, even a lifetime behind bars. Sometimes he's had only a few hours to prepare his case. Sometimes his client is obviously guilty.

In this hilarious, heart-stopping memoir, he takes us behind the scenes of Britain's criminal justice system - in barristers' chambers, in the courtroom, in the cells and on the streets - introducing us to its outlandish personalities, arcane eccentricities and its many moving stories of triumph and defeat. Whether he's defending hapless teenagers at Harlow Youth Court or prosecuting gold bullion robbers at the Bailey, his hair-raising tales reveal all the secrets of courtroom success and what it takes to survive in this chaotic world of fluked escapes and crushed hopes. Throughout he attempts to answer that most important question: how do we ensure that the guilty are convicted and the innocent walk free?

Customer Reviews

Excellent book; highly recommended

My first iPad book, and off to a cracking start! Defending the guilty is a hugely enjoyable book offering a glimpse into the sometimes murky world of the criminal bar. The book is a well written and informative example of a somewhat neglected sub-genre of non fiction. It's only a matter of time before this tops the non-fiction chart: get there before everyone else!

Good read - too short

The book itself is both entertaining and informative (particularly in respect of the history of both the law and the legal establishment) but not in a boring history book kind of way. The only criticism I have is that it's too short. I would have liked more accounts of his defending/prosecuting real cases as some of his accounts were very entertaining. Maybe he'll write another?

Not bad- needed more anecdotes

Having spent a fair amount of time with criminal barristers, it was a shame that Mr McBride didn't tell more anecdotes of his career as I'm sure he has some hilarious tales to tell. The history side of the book is interesting but a little tedious at times.

All in all, a decent read. Not sure about the iTunes price though!!!

Defending the Guilty
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  • £5.49
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biography
  • Published: 01 April 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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