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Although it s written from a different viewpoint, I suggest you read something like Wasting Police Time or Perverting The Course of Justice instead I was hoping this book would be a similar approach, just from the perspective of a barrister It s not McBride comes over as some kind of science gone mad mashup of several different types of people The presenters of moronic BBC documentaries that make you want to tear your eyeballs out because of their painfully slow and didactic voiceover, with Although it s written from a different viewpoint, I suggest you read something like Wasting Police Time or Perverting The Course of Justice instead I was hoping this book would be a similar approach, just from the perspective of a barrister It s not McBride comes over as some kind of science gone mad mashup of several different types of people The presenters of moronic BBC documentaries that make you want to tear your eyeballs out because of their painfully slow and didactic voiceover, with the universal, To find out, I went to see blah blah Rumpole of the Bailey, minus the wit, charm, intelligence, and skill A distant relative who passes on his wisdom to the younger generation at family weddings, boring them stupid with lengthy expositions on his work, complete with unnecessary explanations of the most obvious terminology A poster on an Internet forum who feels it necessary to demonstrate how in he is and how out you are with whatever by using lots of slang terms and jargon, mostly pretty obvious ones, and simultaneously defining them all The person who enjoys spouting their limited repertoire of social theories at dinner parties generally someone who is very insulated from the kind of social problems about which they are theorising McBride seems fixated on how prison is a really horrible, nasty thing and how we would be better all round if hardly anyone went there, and that prisons should be nice cushy places I accept his point that our prison system has a LOT of problems, but I think he might feel slightly differently if he was a copper or a person living in an inner city area who really felt the sharp edge of crime It s pretty damn difficult to get sent to prison in the UK Even career criminals and violent offenders who destroy lives walk away with laughable community service orders which are ignored, or electronic tags which they put on their dogs I don t think everything would improve if we stopped giving custodial sentences for evenserious crimes A Twitter fanatic who thinks that the world at large is really interested in the utterly trivial minutiae of their daily lives McBride thinks that his reader is likely to be fascinated by exhaustive details of who in the room he s in is smoking, what is being smoked, how it is being smoked, how many smokeables are being smoked, how frequently new smokeables are lit, the different smoking preferences of the people involved, and so on This would be boring even if he was talking about people smoking crack out of the plastic tubes single roses come in, while their friends chase the dragon or whatever, and he s just talking about cigarettes Someone who likes to educate you on things they should Wikipedia first McBride s description of DNA profiling is inaccurate Unless you particularly enjoy the company real or virtual of these types of people, stay away I absolutely loved this book, it offers a fascinating insight into the legal system which, because it s delivered by a professional is highly informative and realistic I loved his style a brilliantly sculpted mix of hilarious anecdote and well explained history or jargon McBride managed to make me care about him, his clients even the guilty ones and the most boring, annoyingly pointless bits of our legal system However, and muchimportantly he answered the question about what kind of I absolutely loved this book, it offers a fascinating insight into the legal system which, because it s delivered by a professional is highly informative and realistic I loved his style a brilliantly sculpted mix of hilarious anecdote and well explained history or jargon McBride managed to make me care about him, his clients even the guilty ones and the most boring, annoyingly pointless bits of our legal system However, and muchimportantly he answered the question about what kind of man chooses to defend criminals, especially when he knows they re guilty This is easily one of the best pieces of non fiction I have read, it s accessible and about a topic which we should all care about and understand BRILLIANT BRILLIANT book, even if you don t normally like non fiction Sodding good account of what life is like for the barrister de la boue Also informative about the British Justice system, history and current problems, and great stats about how prisons don t deter crime which I ll be trotting out for silver lake trot auditions Very funny and clever, and honest, sometimes a little too much Will be cribbing some of the similies. If you re getting this after watching the series on TV, you may well be disappointed If however you ve read something like the secret barrister you ll know exactly what you re getting This is follows the author as he starts his Pupillage in chambers in London He goes through his early cases, starting in Youth courts and Magistrates courts, working up to the high court This is interspersed with the history of the law in Britain, the evolution of common law, and how the law is designed to work If you re getting this after watching the series on TV, you may well be disappointed If however you ve read something like the secret barrister you ll know exactly what you re getting This is follows the author as he starts his Pupillage in chambers in London He goes through his early cases, starting in Youth courts and Magistrates courts, working up to the high court This is interspersed with the history of the law in Britain, the evolution of common law, and how the law is designed to work now As it jumps back and forwards between the history of the law, and his history it means it never feels too heavy An entertaining fairly quick read Amusing romp through Pupillage and the English Criminal Courts system ending with a bit of the end is nigh for the good old system and a stab at the coming two tier justice Recommended for those who like a chuckle and or have legal aspirations This book takes a look at the life of a criminal lawyer in the UK, with various stories about criminal cases and with just the right amount of interesting facts about the history of English law and how today s judicial system came about. |Free Pdf ☫ Defending The Guilty: Truth And Lies In The Criminal Courtroom ♚ A memoir of the author that takes us behind the scenes of Britain s criminal justice system in barristers chambers, in the courtroom, in the cells and on the streets introducing us to its outlandish personalities, arcane eccentricities and its many moving stories of triumph and defeat In this book, Mcbride establishes how the criminal legal system is in fact rigged to those who can afford it as well as the new efficient turnarounds actually are damaging the justice we receive Following Mcbride through his pupilage, which yet again was extended in the hope of tenancy, the highs and lows of becoming a criminal barrister and the money making scheme it has become Discussing the Victorianbeginning of the courtroom and the regulations are still in force in our contemporary societ In this book, Mcbride establishes how the criminal legal system is in fact rigged to those who can afford it as well as the new efficient turnarounds actually are damaging the justice we receive Following Mcbride through his pupilage, which yet again was extended in the hope of tenancy, the highs and lows of becoming a criminal barrister and the money making scheme it has become Discussing the Victorianbeginning of the courtroom and the regulations are still in force in our contemporary society Explaining to all of society that the Bourgeoisie are muchruling of the legal system and their speech codes are muchelaborated meaning they arelikely to be on bail rather than serve a prison sentence Mcbride also describes the people who reside in our Prisons as being working class, young men most often addicted to a substance, which therefore explains the 12% rise in reoffending rates Many of those who reside in the prisons have a literacy rate below the average 11 year old Mcbride himself claims prison is a highly evolved capitalist environment , showing the evolution of the jail and custody dating back to the Victorian era where it was the ruling class who would choose how the suspect was charged Questioning whether or not it really does serve as its purpose of deterring people or merely a non paying hotel, shown through 1 3 of all prisoners were previously homeless Outlining the power of the jury and how much they, as members of the public, help serve justice and often evoke sympathy Despite the new legislation, these self employed criminal barristers are sufferingthan ever, most leave or go to private investigation as a consequence 4 5 This caught my eye in a discount bookshop It has the same title as the BBC series and my copy made reference to the fact that it was being televised Strangely, the book and the TV series have little in common aside that they feature barristers The TV series is a raunchy, over the top fiction The book is an amalgam of history, reminisce and criticisms of policy.The book covers much the same ground as the later Secret Barrister Although McBride s book is a little less serious andenterta This caught my eye in a discount bookshop It has the same title as the BBC series and my copy made reference to the fact that it was being televised Strangely, the book and the TV series have little in common aside that they feature barristers The TV series is a raunchy, over the top fiction The book is an amalgam of history, reminisce and criticisms of policy.The book covers much the same ground as the later Secret Barrister Although McBride s book is a little less serious andentertaining Overall, it s a really interesting and entertaining read despite being published 10 years ago If you start this expecting it to be like the BBC TV series of the same name then you are going to be a bit disappointed.Yes, there are some interesting and amusing anecdotes about life as a junior barrister, but there s also quite a lot of stuff about the development of, an inadequacies in, the British legal system which at times feels rather too much like filler.