The Oxford book of legal anecdotes

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Oxford University Press, Apr 17, 1986 - Humor - 333 pages
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A former lawyer and celebrated crime writer has compiled this vastly entertaining collection of anecdotes, drawing from the reminiscences of lawyers and criminals, witnesses and clerks. The law has a great hold over the imagination of the public: it is all-powerful, yet its servants can be fallible, and it is the foibles as well as the authority of judges and other legal practitioners that make this collection so enjoyable. Edward Carson cross-examining Oscar Wilde, Clarence Darrow defending J.T. Scopes for teaching the theory of evolution: these are perhaps the best known of many celebrated legal battles retold in these pages. Of a less dramatic nature is the story of the letter received by Judge Benjamin Cardozo: "I read in the newspapers that you are a liberal judge. Will you send me ten dollars as I'm really very hard up." The entries are arranged alphabetically by the name of their principal subject; headnotes set the context and describe the subject's occupation (i.e. "judge", "attorney general"). A useful note explains the differences between the British, European, and American legal systems.

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Writer Michael Gilbert was born in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on July 17, 1912. He received an LLB with honors from the University of London in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Royal Horse Artillery in North Africa and Europe. His experience as a prisoner-of-war in North Africa was later used in his novel Death in Captivity. After the war, he became a lawyer and began to write. He was a founding member of the British Crime Writers Association and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of American in 1988. He won the Life Achievement Anthony Award at the 1990 Boucheron in London and was knighted as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1980.

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