An Atlantic Book of the Year and finalist for the Orwell Prize a riveting true crime tale from the defense attorney who inspired John Grishams The ChamberLegendary criminal defense attorney Clive Stafford Smith has devoted his career to helping save penniless defendants from a justice system whose goal is not so much to find the right man as to get a conviction.Miami, 1986 Kris Maharaj is arrested, tried, and sentenced to death for the brutal murder of his exbusiness partner, Derrick Moo Young, and Derricks son, Duane Suspecting Kris may be innocent, as he claims, Stafford Smith begins his own investigation, which takes him from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas to Colombia in search of the real killer Interweaving the authors inspiring personal story with a spellbinding page turner, The Injustice System exposes our broken legal processand drops a bombshell that should reopen a long closed case....
|Title||:||The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong|
|Publisher||:||Penguin Books March 25, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||792 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong Reviews
Why hasn't this book gotten more attention? If it hadn't been mentioned in a reader comment on a newspaper website, I would have never heard about it. Clive Stafford Smith has written op-eds for The New York Times, yet his book has not been reviewed there. I read as many books about false-conviction cases as I can, but Smith's is the most memorable. Not only is the case itself, and the legal injustice surrounding it, mind-blowing, but Mr. Smith gives the best, most detailed explanation of how the system is almost rigged to ensure injustice. He breaks it down, with chapters about the prosecutors, the judge, the jury, the key witnesses, the defense lawyer, the forensic experts, so that the reader can see, each step of the way, where the system goes wrong. Because it is not a polemic, because the author does not believe that many of the people in the justice system are evil, because he tries to explain events through their eyes, his analysis comes across as exceedingly fair and is the more convincing and devastating for it.
It may appear quite difficult to obtain a conviction in the US, what with the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard of proof, the requirement of a unanimous verdict, the Miranda warnings, and rules of evidence that sometimes bar the state's best information. And then, even after a conviction is obtained, after all of that, there are those who quibble with everything, in an attempt to set a convicted person free. How are we supposed to lock up the criminals in order to create a safe society?
This book is disturbing and tragic, but also impressive and inspiring. The disturbing and sad part is the highly credible portrait that Clive Stafford Smith paints of a deeply flawed justice system, riddled with incompetence and corruption, which sends large numbers of innocent people to prison and to the death chamber. The impressive and inspiring part is the role of the author and his allies who have provided assistance to people who do not have the resources to fight for justice and who would be otherwise completely forgotten and voiceless.