Well over two decades ago, one of my favourite university tutors in family law often delighted in reminding me of an expression that Charles Dickens had popularised in Oliver Twist. Was it not Bumble who had professed to Brownlow that the law is an ass - or to be more faithful to 19th century diction, "The law is a ass - a idiot [sic]"?
Those of us whose trade is words do well to remember the relative value of a picture and a thousand words. The front page of the Guardian yesterday (17 April 2014) presented an unforgettable instance of the power this adage can carry.
One ForTen is a series of interactive documentary short films about innocence and death row. Directors’ Mark Pizzey and Will Francome visited Edinburgh recently as part of Just Festival to share the real stories of ten exonerees across the United States. Coralie Tapper reports and comments.