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It's my first jury trial and I am prosecuting a crack dealer. My strongest piece of evidence has just been disallowed. So how can I prove that the defendant is lying?

By Alex McBride   August 2008

Fresh-faced baby barristers nervously watched the junior clerk laying out the briefs on the postroom shelf. That shelf meant everything—it was our shelf of dreams. How we wished that we, like the grandest silks, could be prosecuting celebrity murderers or defending psychopaths. In fact, we’d settle for anything better than our reality of suburban magistrates’ courts and petty crime.

“Please let it not be Harlow youth court,” I prayed. You had to run the gauntlet there, past the defendants and their families gobbing by the entrance. No one got through unscathed. By 6.30pm, I was the only one without a…

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