By Peter Murphy
1964 brings clean demanding situations to Ben Schroeder, now a member of chambers headed by way of Bernard Wesley quality control. A relationship couple were attacked at the banks of the River Ouse close to Ely. the scoop of thrashing, rape and homicide quickly turn into January's sensational headlines. Schroeder is named to aid the defence yet lead quality control, Martin Hardcastle, has a name that is going prior to him. because the strain mounts, speak of alcoholism fills the court with Hardcastle's repeated absences and likely reckless activities risking the help of his staff. And while a surprise choice is made, it's left to Ben and his colleague, Jess, to house the implications. With the case drawing mass media recognition and public opinion turning opposed to capital punishment, Schroeder needs to once more face the bias, scandal and corruption of the brutal court fact and its verdict at the destiny of a man's existence.
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Of ancient Greek popular songs and entertainments little enough survives, but even that little bears out their kinship with comedy. In the next chapter we shall observe certain literary forebears of the comic hero, which seem to be at least as important for comedy's artistic development as its cultic origins, whatever they may have been. But certain fragments of a less literary nature, such as children's songs, drinking songs, and riddles, also played a part in the luxuriant growth of comedy. T h e parody of a famous riddle in the Wasps is well known.
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A Matter for the Jury by Peter Murphy