The Tyrannicide Brief

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The Tyrannicide Brief

The Tyrannicide Brief

  • Author: Geoffrey Robertson
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Great Britain
  • Page: 429
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This is a life of John Cook, the bravest of barristers, whose bowels were publicly burned as punishment for sending the King to the scaffold. In 1649, no lawyer in the country would accept the brief of prosecuting Charles I. All packed their bags and disappeared to the country, except one, the forty-year old John Cook. The charge was treason - not, of course against himself, the monarch, but against his people - bringing evidence to show that Charles had begun wars which cost the lives of innumerable Englishmen and had sanctioned murder, rape and pillage. Cook was a farmer's son from Leicestershire, who had studied at Oxford and travelled widely in Europe. He was a political visionary, concerned for social justice and liberty of conscience, and especially with reforming the old, barbaric legal system. His fate was sad. He had little sympathy with Cromwell's strict protectorate - and at the restoration in 1660, with the other 'regicides' who signed the king's death warrant, he was arrested, tried, and brutally hung drawn and quartered. -Geoffrey Robertson is one of Britain's leading counsels, famous for his battles for civil liberties. In this gripping account of a sensational life, which uses Cook's own moving speeches and letters, Robertson relates the call for a republic to the debates of today. More significantly, he presents the indictment of Charles I as a precedent for trials of modern war criminals and leaders - Goering, Pinochet, Milosevic - who have oppressed their own people. John Cook was not a regicide but a tyrannicide - the first to argue that brutal action by a head of state justified 'regime change'. Centuries after these brutal events, he is still a potent example to us all.

The Theatre of Death

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The Theatre of Death

The Theatre of Death

Rituals of Justice from the English Civil Wars to the Restoration

  • Author: P. J. Klemp
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1611496292
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 374
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This book discusses some rituals of justice—such as public executions, printed responses to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s execution speech, and King Charles I’s treason trial—in early modern England. Focusing on the ways in which genres shape these events’ multiple voices, I analyze the rituals’ genres and the diverse perspectives from which we must understand them. The execution ritual, like such cultural forms as plays and films, is a collaborative production that can be understood only, and only incompletely, by being alert to the presence of its many participants and their contributions. Each of these participants brings a voice to the execution ritual, whether it is the judge and jury or the victim, executioner, sheriff and other authorities, spiritual counselors, printer, or spectators and readers. And each has at least one role to play. No matter how powerful some institutions and individuals may appear, none has a monopoly over authority and how the events take shape on and beyond the scaffold. The centerpiece of the mid-seventeenth-century’s theatre of death was the condemned man’s last dying utterance. This study focuses on the words and contexts of many of those final speeches, including King Charles I’s (1649), Archbishop William Laud’s (1645), and the Earl of Strafford’s (1641), as well as those of less well known royalists and regicides. Where we situate ourselves to view, hear, and comprehend a public execution—through specific participants’ eyes, ears, and minds or accounts—shapes our interpretation of the ritual. It is impossible to achieve a singular, carefully indoctrinated meaning of an event as complex as a state-sponsored public execution. Along with the variety of voices and meanings, the nature and purpose of the rituals of justice maintain a significant amount of consistency in a number of eras and cultural contexts. Whether the focus is on the trial and execution of the Marian martyrs, English royalists in the 1640s and 1650s, or the Restoration’s regicides, the events draw on a set of cultural expectations or conventions. Because rituals of justice are shaped by diverse voices and agendas, with the participants’ scripts and counterscripts converging and colliding, they are dramatic moments conveying profound meanings.

Political Trials in Theory and History

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Political Trials in Theory and History

Political Trials in Theory and History

  • Author: Jens Meierhenrich,Devin O. Pendas
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107079462
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 430
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This book presents an empirically rigorous and theoretically sophisticated account of political trials.

The Upstairs Room

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The Upstairs Room

The Upstairs Room

  • Author: David K. O'Hara
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1472515110
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 96
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Really, we don't have to keep worrying about the time, Gordon. Let's just sit here together. Okay? For a little while. London is sinking, there's constant rain, and everyone is trying to escape. Gordon, an American writer, finds himself holed up in the attic room of a half-way house, awaiting forged papers and safe passage back to the States. He becomes trapped with Stella, a mysterious and seductive woman, and a teenage girl called Iris who, between them, take Gordon on an emotional journey through his past and into the present, forcing him to face the painful truth as to why he is there. David K. O'Hara's The Upstairs Room is a modern take on Sartre's play Huis Clos in which a man and two women find themselves confined together in a drawing room for eternity. First produced at the King's Head Theatre from 13 November to 8 December 2012 by Giddy Notion, The Upstairs Room is a compelling and well-written play.

A History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales

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A History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales

A History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales

  • Author: John Hostettler
  • Publisher: Waterside Press
  • ISBN: 1906534799
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 352
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"An ideal introduction to the rich history of criminal justice charting all its main developments from the dooms of Anglo-Saxon times to the rise of the Common Law, struggles for political, legislative and judicial ascendency and the formation of the innovative Criminal Justice System of today."-back cover.

Ashes and Sparks

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Ashes and Sparks

Ashes and Sparks

Essays On Law and Justice

  • Author: Stephen Sedley
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139497146
  • Category: Law
  • Page: N.A
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As a practising barrister, the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Sedley wrote widely on legal and non-legal matters, and continued to do so after becoming a judge in 1992. This anthology contains classic articles, previously unpublished essays and lecture transcripts. To each, he has added reflections on what has transpired since or an explanation of the British legal and political context that originally prompted it. Covering the history, engineering and architecture of the justice system, their common theme relates to the author's experiences as a barrister and judge, most notably in relation to the constitutional changes which have emerged in the last twenty years in the United Kingdom.

Crimes Against Humanity

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Crimes Against Humanity

Crimes Against Humanity

The Struggle for Global Justice

  • Author: Geoffrey Robertson
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
  • ISBN: 9780141974835
  • Category: Crimes against humanity
  • Page: 1008
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In this new edition of the book that has inspired the global justice movement, Geoffrey Robertson QC explains why we must hold political and military leaders accountable for genocide, torture and mass murder. He shows how human rights standards can be enforced against cruel governments, armies and multi-national corporations. This seminal work now contains a critical perspective on recent events, such as the changes in Egypt, Syria and Libya; the Charles Taylor conviction; and the trials of Mladic Karadzic and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Cautiously optimistic about ending impunity, but unsparingly critical of diplomats, politicians, lawyers and others who evade international rules, this book will provide further guidance to a movement which aims to make justice predominant in world affairs. 'A beacon of clear-sighted commitment to the humanitarian cause . . . impassioned . . . exemplary . . . seminal.' Observer 'States are the biggest bullies in the world. In this book, Geoffrey Robertson shows how they can be tamed.' Mail on Sunday 'A devastating critique of the inadequate response of the international community to violations of basic freedoms . . . a formidable achievement.' Evening Standard 'His arguments are exceptionally clear . . . simple and lucid prose.' Sunday Telegraph

Historical Origins of International Criminal Law

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Historical Origins of International Criminal Law

Historical Origins of International Criminal Law

Volume 1

  • Author: Morten Bergsmo,CHEAH Wui Ling,YI Ping
  • Publisher: Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
  • ISBN: 8293081112
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 720
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Philomorus, a brief examination of the Latin poems of sir Thomas More [by J.H. Marsden].

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Philomorus, a brief examination of the Latin poems of sir Thomas More [by J.H. Marsden].

Philomorus, a brief examination of the Latin poems of sir Thomas More [by J.H. Marsden].

  • Author: John Howard Marsden
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 275
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The Justice Game

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The Justice Game

The Justice Game

  • Author: Geoffrey Robertson
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0099581914
  • Category: Capital punishment
  • Page: 415
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Geoff Robertson was born in Australia, bu came to London in 1970. He made his name as the fearless defender of Oz magazine at the celebrated trial and went on to engage in some of the most newsworthy cases in recent history. He has defended John Stonehouse, Cynthia Payne, Salman Rushdie, Kate Adie, Arthur Scargill, Daniel Sullivan, Gay News, 'The Romans of Britain', 'Niggaz with Attitude', and a pair of foetal earrings. The book includes accounts of recent cases including the defence of a West London gym owner against the Prince of Wales, the Matrix Churchill affair, and the defence of the Guardian in the cash-for-questions affair. Hugely readable, funny, scandalous, revelator, this will become one of the great books about the law.