Alibi for a Judge

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House of Stratus, Nov 28, 2008 - Fiction - 220 pages
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Mr Justice Carstairs is a High Court Judge. He is completely incompetent and a chronic worrier to boot. This is perfectly illustrated when he sentences a man to ten years' imprisonment and then immediately doubts his verdict. Taking the unprecedented step of trying to overrule his own judgement he encounters resistance on all sides. Matters get really complicated when, in trying to prove the man's innocence, he becomes convinced of his guilt. He also becomes the target of a blackmailer. Find out how he resolves this dilemma in this is highly amusing and whimsical tale of a man assailed by his own doubts.
 

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Contents

On Alibis
1
On Judges
5
Trial
15
Verdict
28
Retrospect
40
Interview with a Judge
45
Court of Criminal Appeal
53
At the Home Office
59
Unusual Interview
110
To Write or Not to Write
113
On Holiday
117
Interruptions to a Holiday
128
The Last Chance
133
Mr Thompson Again
151
Interview with a Headmaster
161
A Plain Case of Fraud
177

Unusual Conference
67
The Views of Brothers in Law
78
Under Starters Orders
83
Theyre Off
92
Mr Routang at Home
98
A Capture
104
The Problem
183
Under Caution
191
Extraordinary
201
The Headmaster Again
208
Back to Work
218
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Henry Cecil, known to many as His Honour Judge H.C. Leon, MC, was a High Court judge as well as a famous author. He wrote during the three-week-long family holidays which were usually spent in comfortable hotels in Britain. He would sit in a deck chair in a sunny garden, exercise book on lap and pen in hand, writing from 10 am to 1pm, then again from 2.30 to 4 pm each day. His writing career is attributed to his Second World War experiences. Sailing around the Cape on a 'dry' troop ship on the way to Cairo, the colonel asked his adjutant (Cecil) to tell stories to keep the officers' minds off alcohol. The stories were so popular that they became a regular feature, and formed the basis of his first collection, 'Full Circle', published in 1948. Thereafter, the legal year, his impressions at court, or at other official functions, as well as dinners at the Savoy Grill or at his club, the Garrick, all provided material for his considerable brain power. Many of his stories were made into films or plays - notably 'Brothers-in-Law' and 'Alibi for a Judge'. These and other books have also provided a stimulus for those wishing to take up law as a career. They are a delight for those who look for authenticity in the most aptly described British characters. Cecil died in May 1976, still at the height of his mental powers.

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