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The Bar and the Old Bailey, 1750-1850


Allyson N. May

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From book jacket: "In The Bar and the Old Bailey, Allyson May chronicles the history of the English criminal trial and the development of a criminal bar in London between 1750 and 1850. She charts the transformation of the legal process and the evolution of professional standards of conduct for the criminal bar through an examination of the working lives of the Old Bailey barristers of the period. In exploring the rise of adversarialism, May uncovers the motivations and interests of prosecutors, defendants, the bench, and the state, as well as the often maligned "Old Bailey hacks" themselves."


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