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Common law

The case against the defendant was overwhelming. There was stolen merchandise in his yard and in his mobile home. His dad was his only alibi. But still he wouldn't confess
Alex McBride  

The Prisoner

I rather like this new prison. And being imprisoned has many benefits—I have lost weight, made friends and learned a tremendous amount. I may even be happy here
CAR Hills  

Common law

My client has been caught on camera punching someone in the face. The footage looks damning. But sometimes CCTV can be turned to the defence's advantage
Alex McBride  

Common law

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?
Alex McBride  

Common law

My client is a repeat offender who stole to fund his crack habit. But he's willing to confess to 50 burglaries. Can I keep him out of prison and get him counselling instead?
Alex McBride  

Crime and punishment

Britain is locking up more people than ever—a policy that some say accounts for falling crime. But there may be other reasons for the drop in the crime rate. Are we imprisoning so many people because we have to, or…
Jonathan Wolff  

The perfect crime?

The Rwandan genocide was triggered by the killing of the country's president in April 1994. The identity of the assassins remains one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. Now a new witness has emerged, alleging French involvement
Linda Melvern  

A cultural recovery?

The conservative American magazine "Commentary" is normally pessimistic about cultural trends in the US. Here, however, is an edited extract from a surprisingly upbeat piece from the December 2007 issue
Peter Wehner  


Ten years ago, in a feat of bravado designed to impress a girl, I vandalised a restaurant where I'd worked. Was this act inspired by animus against the restaurant, or something else?
William Skidelsky