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Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies

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In the meantime, this sat alongside what was going on in the US, where a change in similar legislation bought about “Stand your Ground Law”.

D K Powell is available to speak at events ( see his TEDx talk here) and can be contacted at dkpowell. Coming as I do from a background in law myself, I am familiar with the majority of the legal issues and concepts that The Secret Barrister puts forward in the book, hence why many of the cases they highlight here are ones that have had me personally raging on Twitter.An early question in the book dominated this discussion where, (a) should public opinion alongside political dogma influence the life of death of the child or (b) should it be the opinion of the medical experts and the courts. But just months later, as the UK government prepared to start the withdrawal process, they found an unexpected obstacle in its path, in the form of three High Court judges. It's more storytelling approach, focusing on a chronological view of individual matters within the chapters, help the reader to process the logic behind what's being talked about and allows people with limited knowledge of a certain aspect not to be left behind. Yes, the enemy might be winning, the chips are down, the walls breached and all other metaphors and analogies you might come up with; but the rebels are still fighting in, still scoring victories, still causing the bad guys to clench their black-gloved fists and growl about crushing ‘lefty human rights lawyers’ with not a little hint (if you forgive the switch of analogy) of complaining about how they would have got away with it ‘if it wasn’t for those meddling kids’.

The Secret Barrister takes many high-profile news stories from the UK press and breaks down the hype the media generated compared to the legal reality in the courtroom. The day a judge makes a binding decision affecting the rights and liberties of one of us, not on the legal and factual merits, but with a nervous glance to the press and public galleries, or with a beady eye on political favour or punishment, is the day that the decay in our democracy turns terminal. However, the writing is set out clearly with the lay reader, not the legally educated, in mind and all of the principles are set out in a basic fashion using simple language and illustrated with easy to digest examples and comparators. We are not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without our permission. I highly recommend ‘Fake Law’ to anyone interested in the criminal justice system or for a provocative and timely read.

There's a lot to be said about the political attacks on the legislation that is designed to keep us safe from those who would prey on us, and this book states its case well. The book sets out many of the most contentious legal firestorms of the past few decades, recaps on what the general public have been lead to believe about these issues by certain factions, explains very clearly why much of the information we have been fed is misleading at best and downright dishonest in some cases, and then asks why it may be the interests of certain parties for us not to be given the whole truth about these matters, and what negative consequences for each of us arise when we nod along with this misinformation. The Want to Read list dilemma Every time I find a book I really, really want to read, it means another book I bought and really, really wanted to read, gets pushed down further.

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