Link: Whose Law Is It Anyway?
Last in the series of Voices from the Old Bailey is on Wed 17 August, 9.00am and 9.30pm on Radio 4 (and on iPlayer afterwards, of course).
Throughout Voices from the Old Bailey Amanda Vickery uses court cases to reveal the life of ordinary people in the 18th century.
In this final programme she examines the law itself, and how far it gave everyone a fair trial. The three court cases in the programme take us from the lowest in society to the highest, an Earl who is tried for murder in the most sensational trial of the century. We hear the voice of an 18th century private detective. And we hear the voice of a poor Irish laundress accused of murder, who becomes her own defence lawyer and takes five hours to cross-examine witnesses before producing an ingenious closing speech.