BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT? A Book of Murder Trials

Author: Deale (Kenneth E.L.)
Year: 1990
Publisher: Gill and Macmillan
Edition Details: New Edn. (1st pub. 1971)
Book Condition: NrF.
ISBN: 9780717118113
Price: 5.00
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Softcover. New Edn. Foreword by Julian Deale. A fascinating reconstruction of 10 of the most disturbing murder trials of the 20th century. In it the author pinpoints a number of vital questions : Was the evidence conclusive? Was it properly obtained and sifted by the police? Was it objectively interpreted by the judge to the jury? Were they swayed by the appearance or reputation of the accused? Were there grounds for 'reasonable doubt' about guilt? In fact, was the verdict correct? The author was himself a Judge of the Circuit Court of Ireland. Skilfully he presents the cold brutality of the murders, the tension and drama of the courtroom and the various seemingly unimportant incidents in each hearing which may well have put the life of the accused in the balance. Not only does the book shed new light on the particular trials described: it examines the whole issue of circumstantial evidence and its influence on criminal proceedings. Chapter headings include : Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt? (Attorney-General v. David O'Shea, 1931); The Quarry (Attorney-General v. Gerard Toal, 1928); The Anatomists (Attorney-General v. Cornelius and Hannah O'Leary, 1925); Third Time Lucky (Attorney-General v. Thomas J. Kelly, 1936); The Strongest Motive Of All (Attorney-General v. John Fleming, 1933); The Identification Parade (Attorney-General v. Edward Kelly and Edward Gorman, 1924); The Body in the Street (The People v. Mary Anne (Mamie) Cadden, 1956); Dance Macabre (Attorney-General v. Edward Ball, 1936; The Man With Eight Aliases (The People v. James H. Lehman, 1944, 1945); The Malahide Mystery (Attorney-General v. Henry McCabe, 1926). 225pp. trade size softcover. With 6 lines of pencil notes to bep, lightly browned pp. o/w Nr. F. with no creasing to covers.

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