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 via 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 termed to help the defence yet lead quality controls, Martin Hardcastle, has a name that is going ahead of him. because the strain mounts, speak of alcoholism fills the court with Hardcastle's repeated absences and probably reckless activities risking the aid of his workforce. And while a surprise choice is made, it's left to Ben and his colleague, Jess, to accommodate the implications. With the case drawing mass media cognizance and public opinion turning opposed to capital punishment, Schroeder needs to once more face the bias, scandal and corruption of the brutal court docket fact and its verdict at the destiny of a man's existence.

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Ballard almost advertised his presence by electing to act the part of flamboyant Captain Fortescue. Babington, Titchbourne and some of the other conspirators flaunted both themselves and their plans in the streets and taverns around the Inns of Court. It may, paradoxically, have been their desire to display themselves so openly that allowed Walsingham to produce the script in which they were cast as characters who huddled up high treason. 1 I will have a bout with thee Marlowe was still at university in 1586 and played no part in the drama of the Babington conspiracy.

Those who accept Friser's plea of self-defence make great play of the fact that the meeting in Deptford passed amicably until after supper. If Friser, Poley and Skeres had orders to kill Marlowe, why did they wait so long to execute them? Such a straightforward line of questioning is not much help when trying to reconstruct the Machiavellian mentality of the Elizabethan secret service. The outward show of a friendly but important meeting which suddenly turned sour provided the necessary cover, or colour, by establishing The Accidental Death of a Spy 47 that the secret service was not Marlowe's enemy.

Babington also gave him a diamond as a token, or outward show" of their friendship. Walsingham may not have liked appearing on the stage itself and yet he was very busy behind the scenes after the arrest of the Babington conspirators. His main activity was to prepare the script for the trials by making sure that it included signed confessions of guilt. The existence of such documents meant that the trials were The Theatre of Hell 21 not designed to debate the evidence but, rather, to provide a theatrical display to satisfy the people that the Queen's death had been imagined.

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