tales-from-the-courtroomTales From The Courtroom

by Brian Harris, Internal Evening Student, 1956

The somewhat prosaic title of the book belies a varied and fascinating exploration of the follies and idiosyncrasies of the legal world and those who have crossed its path. Brian Harris reveals a breadth of learning and the rare skill of imparting thorough well researched examples some of the hard lessons that history has to offer, all too often overlooked or misunderstood by contemporary lawyers and laymen alike.

Tales of witches, corrupt chief justices, slavery, subway vigilantes, "Old Sparky" and the real Reginald Perrin vie with Thomas Jefferson and the account of the jurymen and the Ouija Board, anarchists and seducers through well defined themes. Harris' valedictory chapter leaves the reader in no doubt as to the author's moral and legal compass. He examines the address given by Billings Learned Hand, Chief Judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to 150,000 newly naturalised citizens assembled in Central Park to swear the oath of allegiance to their newly adopted country 2 weeks before the Normandy landings and the sacrifice made by North Americans to save Europe from the tyranny of dictatorship. Erudition and humour lie side by side. Its engaging style make this book a must for those who wish to be entertained as well as informed.

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