Understanding Miscarriages of Justice: Law, the Media, and the Inevitability of Crisis (Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice)

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High profile miscarriages of justice have become focus of much recent writing on criminal justice. Such literature ignores an important paradox: when justice is contested and uncertain, how can we speak meaningfully of miscarriage of justice? This book addresses this question and finds an answer to it in the relationship between the legal construction of criminal justice and the reporting of it in the media.

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Richard Nobles and David Schiff are both Senior Lecturers at LSE

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`... an interesting and unusual contribution to our understanding of the way in which the criminal justice system and the media deal with wrongful conviction... The analysis of the media involvement is original and meticulous .' Social and Legal Studies 10 (4)

`for the most part the book adopts a convincing style and is well referenced and polished to a high editorial standard ... contains many valuable incidental insights and suggestive observations ... this thought-provoking book makes a significant contribution to better understanding ... Understanding Miscarriages of Justice can be recommended without hesitation as required reading on the subject' Law Quarterly Review 1 July 2001

`... can be recommended without hesitation as required reading on the subject.' Law Quarterly Review

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