Theresa May says 2017 hasn't been too bad for her. Is she delusional? | John Crace

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I’ve been sent an advance proof of The Secret Barrister, which the publishers hope will do next year for the legal profession what the several books written by doctors have done this year to expose the problems in the NHS. Its stories of how the law often fails those whom it is meant to protect – how do barristers feel when someone they believe to be innocent gets banged up for five years? – make for gripping reading and chimed with the one time I got to see the process close up, while on jury service. The case was a drug dealing charge, and when our deliberations got under way the foreman began by asking every member of the jury what our initial thoughts were on the guilt or innocence of the accused to see how far apart we all were. This all went well until one juror announced that one defendant was probably innocent, but his accomplice was definitely guilty. We had to point out there was only one defendant and that the man the juror was trying to send to prison was his interpreter.

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