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By Judith Rowbotham

ISBN-10: 1137317973

ISBN-13: 9781137317971

ISBN-10: 1349338273

ISBN-13: 9781349338276

Drawing jointly examples from broadsheet and tabloid newspapers this account of English crime reportage takes readers from the past due eighteenth century to the current day. within the post-Leveson global, it's a well timed and interesting contextualisation of the historical past of revealed crime information and investigative journalism.

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One of the earliest law reformers was Lord Brougham, whose earnest dedication to improving the practical and moral education of young men in particular, as well as in reforming his own profession, was very apparent throughout the late 1830s, and well into the 1850s. Men like Brougham had been pioneers in the use of popular printed messages to inform the public about the ‘reality’ of the law and the legal process. As early as 1839, an anonymous ‘Student at Law’ (who very 40 R. Renton (1912) John Forster and His Friendships (London: Chapman and Hall).

Echoing Reynolds’ satirical depictions of legal figures in Mysteries of the Courts of London, for instance, were savage characterisations in Punch from the start of its publication in 1841, and into the 1850s. Punch featured not only the bitingly satirical ‘Comic Blackstone’ (from 1843) but also the figure ‘Mr Briefless’ (from 1841). 56 The basis for this was the gradual acceptance by both the legal profession and ‘respectable’ newspaper editors and proprietors of the parameters of what constituted a ‘fair trial’ (effectively, the modern adversarial version).

Lords Westbury and Lyndhurst, active political lawyers, clearly did not endear themselves to The Spectator’s lawyer–journalists, for example. 58 A later critique compared the relative merits of the intellectual capacity of Lord Brougham and the late Lord Lyndhurst, acidly asserting that ‘We purposefully choose the comparison in intellect with Lord Lyndhurst because we do not admire Lord Lyndhurst’s career. ’59 The extent to which this represented a high degree of infighting within the legal profession is indicated by Lyndhurst’s obituary in The Times in 1863, which proffered a very different opinion 58 The Spectator, 23 July 1864 p.

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