Life Sentence

Life Sentence

Stories From Four Decades of Court Reporting-- Or, How I Fell Out of Love With the Canadian Justice System

Book - 2016
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"A beloved crime reporter revisits some of her biggest assignments and passes judgement on our judicial system and especially its judges. When Christie Blatchford wandered into a Toronto courtroom in 1978 for the start of the first criminal trial she would cover as a newspaper reporter, little did she know she was also at the start of a self-imposed life sentence. She has been reporting from Canadian courtrooms for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and the National Post ever since. Back in '78, she loved the courts, lawyers and judges, and that persisted for many years. But slowly, surely, she suffered a loss of faith. What happened? It was at the recent Mike Duffy trial she had the epiphany: That judges are the new senators, unelected, unaccountable and overly entitled. Yet unlike senators, they continue to get away with it because any questioning by government or its agents is deemed an intrusion onto judicial independence. Christie Blatchford revisits trials from throughout her career and asks the hard questions - about judges playing with the truth - through editing of criminal records, whitewashing of criminal records and pre-trial rulings that kick out evidence the jury can't hear. She discusses bad or troubled judges - how and why they get picked, and what can be done about them. And shows how judges are handmaidens to the state, as in the Bernardo trial when a small-town lawyer and an intellectual writer were pursued with more vigor than Karla Homolka. Christie Blatchford is also the author of Helpless: Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us. She lives in Toronto"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Doubleday Canada, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780385667975
Characteristics: 376 pages ;,24 cm


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Apr 15, 2017

One of the most informative, intriguing books I've read in a long while. Ms. Blatchford has written an extremely well-researched, informed critique of the Canadian judicial system. Supported by her extensive professional journalism experience covering many high profile criminal cases, Ms. Blatchford packs a punch with her view of how & when our justice system fails and when it soars. Be prepared for graphic details throughout the book, but Ms. Blatchford manages to add humour throughout to soften the grisly reality that is the criminal legal system. What an amazing read - I read this book in 2 days. Now a fan, I will read her other 2 books!

Dec 25, 2016

legal system serves itself well

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