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The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the… (2005)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0701176024, Hardcover)In 1649, no lawyer in the country would accept the brief of prosecuting Charles I, except one — John Cook, the bravest of barristers, who was killed as punishment for sending the King to the scaffold.
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"John Cooke was a plebeian, son of a poor Leicestershire farmer. His puritan conscience, political vision and love of civil liberty gave him the courage to bring the King's trail to its dramatic conclusion: the English republic. Cromwell appointed him as a reforming Chief Justice in Ireland, but in 1660 he was dragged back to the Old Bailey, tried and brutally executed." "Geoffrey Robertson, the internationally renowned human rights lawyer, provides a new reading of the tumultuous Civil War years, exposing long-hidden truths: that the King was guilty as charged; that his execution was necessary to establish the sovereignty of Parliament; that the regicide trials were rigged and their victims should be seen as national heroes." "John Cooke was the bravest of barristers, who risked his own life to make tyranny a crime. He originated the right to silence, the 'cab rank' rule of advocacy and the duty to act free-of-charge for the poor. He conducted the first trial of a Head of State for waging war on his own people - a forerunner of the prosecutions of Pinochet, Milosevic and Saddam Hussein, and a lasting inspiration to the modern world."--BOOK JACKET.
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