Author: Grigg (Mary)
Year: 1965
Publisher: Penguin (Special)
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: Vg.
Price: 25.00
Paperback. In July 1963 a policeman named Harold 'Tanky' Challenor arrested a cartoonist named Donald Rooum and charged him with possessing a half-brick with the intention of throwing it at the Queen of Greece. Rooum, a member of the National Council for Civil Liberties, was able to prove that Challenor had planted the brick on him. So the Challenor case, with its sorry tale of framing, illegal arrests and assaults in police stations, broke into the headlines. Here the author tells the full story of how 26 innocent men were charged and 14 of them served prison sentences totalling over 13yrs. She goes on to examine how such gross injustice could be supported for so long. Why did the police (some of whom must have suspected the truth) not curb Challenor? Why was Challenor's career, in view of his bizarre behaviour, not investigated by the Home Secretary? Why were Parliament and the Press ineffective? And why did the public allow concern for police morale and administrative convenience take precedence over justice? By gathering the facts into one volume, the author allows a full consideration of the vital aspects of law and order it raised. With Conclusion. Cover Design by Bruce Robertson. 192pp. p/back. With sunned sp. o/w Vg. Scarce.


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