A Matter for the Jury by Peter Murphy

By Peter Murphy

1964 brings clean demanding situations to Ben Schroeder, now a member of chambers headed by means of Bernard Wesley quality control. A dating couple were attacked at the banks of the River Ouse close to Ely. the inside track of thrashing, rape and homicide quickly develop into January's sensational headlines. Schroeder is termed to help the defence yet lead quality control, Martin Hardcastle, has a name that is going ahead of him. because the strain mounts, speak of alcoholism fills the court docket with Hardcastle's repeated absences and possible reckless activities risking the help of his crew. And whilst a surprise determination is made, it truly is left to Ben and his colleague, Jess, to accommodate the implications. With the case drawing mass media realization and public opinion turning opposed to capital punishment, Schroeder needs to once more face the unfairness, scandal and corruption of the brutal court docket fact and its verdict at the destiny of a man's lifestyles.

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He then claims my authority for the doctrine that no educated men believe in Christianity, because I do not believe in it myself. 34 Bernard Shaw’s The Black Girl in Search of God Yet I gather from the rest of his article as quoted, that he does not wish to discredit Christianity, though he clearly does wish—very unchristianly—to discredit me. In short, he uses the cross as a stick to beat me with, without stopping to consider what the effect of his assault will be on the large number of people who, he believes, will vote against Christianity if they are led to believe that I am opposed to it.

It was an attack on him by a visiting English Roman Catholic apologist, a prominent Redemptorist theologian, lecturer, and author of several exhortatory books, Father O. R. Vassall-Phillips. His attack was published in the Southern Cross, the local Catholic weekly newspaper, on 20 January 1932. Shaw evidently did not see the article in its entirety in this paper. It scarcely mattered. ” This was the question Vassall-Phillips asked in launching himself against Shaw. ” For the rest he was marked out from his fellow men by “almost incredible intellectual arrogance, his egolomania, which mounts to a pitch that probably has never been known in any other human being, and his passionate determination to Foreshadowing 33 get himself always into the limelight so that he may be talked about—as he would wish incessantly and to the depreciation of everybody else .

And so [he] . . 15 The reference to Voltaire in the preface to Major Barbara (1907) takes one back to the admission in the “Epistle Dedicatory” to Walkley that Shaw had no illusions left regarding the efficacy of the printed word: “It has been said that the French Revolution was the work of Voltaire, Rousseau and the Encyclopedists. It seems to me to have been the work of men who had observed that virtuous indignation, caustic criticism, conclusive argument and instructive pamphleteering, even when done by the most earnest and witty literary geniuses, were as useless as praying, things going steadily from bad to worse whilst the Social Contract and 14 Bernard Shaw’s The Black Girl in Search of God the pamphlets of Voltaire were at the height of their vogue .

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