Life Sentence

Life Sentence A crime reporter revisits some of her biggest assignments and passes judgement on our judicial system and especially its judges When Christie Blatchford wandered into a Toronto courtroom in for t

  • Title: Life Sentence
  • Author: Christie Blatchford
  • ISBN: 9780385667975
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A crime reporter revisits some of her biggest assignments and passes judgement on our judicial system and especially its judges When Christie Blatchford wandered into a Toronto courtroom in 1978 for the start of the first criminal trial she would cover as a newspaper reporter, little did she know she was also at the start of a self imposed life sentence In this book, ChA crime reporter revisits some of her biggest assignments and passes judgement on our judicial system and especially its judges When Christie Blatchford wandered into a Toronto courtroom in 1978 for the start of the first criminal trial she would cover as a newspaper reporter, little did she know she was also at the start of a self imposed life sentence In this book, Christie Blatchford revisits trials from throughout her career and asks the hard questions about judges playing with the truth through editing of criminal records, whitewashing of criminal records, pre trial rulings that kick out evidence the jury can t hear She discusses bad or troubled judges how and why they get picked, and what can be done about them And shows how judges are handmaidens to the state, as in the Bernardo trial when a small town lawyer and an intellectual writer were pursued with vigor than Karla Homolka For anyone interested in the political and judicial fabric of this country, Life Sentence is a remarkable, argumentative, insightful and hugely important book.

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  • Christie Blatchford's most recent book is Life Sentence: Stories From Four Decades of Court Reporting - Or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System. I think the title of this post is fair in its characterization of the title of the book. The book is interesting, but definitely disjointed. Bltachford makes excellent points throughout the book about the unnecessary opaqueness and exorbitant costs associated with the Canadian legal system. Life Sentence comes across as three books i [...]


  • I found this non-fiction read wholly engrossing: how well-known Canadian reporter Christie Blatchford fell OUT of love with the Canadian justice systemcially judges. Who knew?? I guess I need to pay much more attention. The first few chapters were rather convoluted but the last two chapters on Paul Bernardo/Karla Homolka and Jian Ghomeshi were very interesting!


  • This is the first time I've read a book like this, about the law so I don't feel up to reviewing it competently. However, I found it to be an excellent piece of writing. Entirely eye-opening and thought-provoking. The Canadian justice system is a wreck. People are convicted in the press. Victims report to the press instead of the police. The word "alleged" is never really applied to anyone. All prosecuted are guilty and all witnesses are truth-tellers. If someone guilty is actually convicted the [...]


  • The epilogue makes it clear that this is a book of five very distinct chapters, which is why her editor insisted that the book needed a "summing up". The epilogue ends with "I fell a little back in love with the justice system at that trial (Ghomeshi), and I'm grateful", which indicates that the subtitle of the book is a little misleading: "how I fell out of love with the Canadian justice system (especially judges). The focus on judges is only really in chapter 3, focusing on how they are select [...]


  • The story lies somewhere between a good vent about the criminal justice system and a rant about it. Ms. Blatchford makes some good points about a lack of transparency in holding judges to account, their privileged lives protected to allow "judicial independence" (according to her even incompetence is tolerated!) and the mystery about how they are appointed. It makes good reading, but casts a shadow: how fair is the system?


  • This is a very well written book. The author makes an interesting comment on the Canadian legal system and the shortcomings. I would have liked more case discussions and less ranting about political issues.


  • I first picked this book up near Christmas, read the jacket and considered buying it. Christie Blatchford is a great writer. For some reason I put it back and thought I'd find it at my local library. I had to wait a couple weeks before I was able to get it from other readers with the same idea. I'm glad I read this book. Blatchford pulls no punches and doesn't stoop to insulting or politicizing things, she simply analyzes things and comes to logical, pragmatic and truthful conclusions. I'll be p [...]


  • An eye-opener, especially concerning the morass the Ontario justice system has become: wasting enormous resources simply to persecute people. The adverse effects of a politically-correct society and media on the inclinations of the all-too-human cogs of the police and courts is well-defined.


  • I have always enjoyed reading Christie Blatchford's newspaper columns, this was the first book of hers I have read.The things she writes about, and explains, really give a person a reason to pause and consider how it all works. I found it very surprising, feeling somewhat like a "sheeple" in regard to the judicial system in Canada.I found parts extremely interesting, but also a fair bit was of no interest to me and I often skimmed quickly over it. But the big cases are in there, Bernardo, Ghomes [...]


  • Interesting read about the process of Canadian justice in some of Canada's most notorious cases. Her style is reconizable from reading her newspaper work. A lot of information about the Canadian Court system, judges roles, jury selection. Also a lot of "name dropping", some familiar, some confusing. I found myself skimming over technical parts and then having to re read to keep the names and places in order. Certainly a good read for someone interested in the courts and cases that have been part [...]


  • I thought this book was largely a good read though not always a fan of CB's seemingly "cranky" vibe. It was eye-opening and I came to appreciate ( or perhaps "not" appreciate might be more appropriate) the workings of the Canadian judicial system. I thought the chapters on the Bernardo/Homolka and Gomeshi cases were particularly interesting.


  • An interesting account of the cases and Canadian justice system over 40 years from Christie Blatchford's reporting. The author provides an insightful look into how the court system operates and at times lets us down.



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