Although I still prefer Kafka's shorter, published work like Sadakat Kadri.
For as long as accuser and accused have faced each other in public, criminal trials have been establishing far more than who did what to whom—and in this fascinating book, Sadakat Kadri surveys four thousand years of courtroom drama. He explains, for example, how the jury emerged in medieval England from trials by fire and water, in which validations of vengeance were presumed to be divinely supervised, and how delusions identical to those that once sent witches to the stake were revived as accusations of Satanic child abuse during the s.
Lifting the lid on a particularly bizarre niche of legal history, Kadri tells how European lawyers once prosecuted animals, objects, and corpses—and argues that the same instinctive urge to punish is still apparent when a child or mentally ill defendant is accused of sufficiently heinous crimes. He shows how principles such as the right to silence and the right to confront witnesses, hallmarks of due process guaranteed by the U. Constitution, were derived from the Bible by twelfth-century monks.
At once encyclopedic and entertaining, comprehensive and colorful, The Trial rewards curiosity and an appreciation of the absurd but tackles as well questions that are profound. Who has the right to judge, and why? What did past civilizations hope to achieve through scapegoats and sacrifices—and to what extent are defendants still made to bear the sins of society at large? Have one to sell? Sell now - Have one to sell?
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