The Mandatory Death Penalty and Narratives of the Common Law

29.07.15 | |

Joe Middleton writes on the Mandatory Death Penalty for the Oxford Human Rights Hub.


Some people say the common law is all about narrative. A story gets told, then retold and retold and with each retelling it changes a little. Most of the work I do as a practising lawyer is more prosaic. But in one area of my practice, constitutional challenges to the mandatory death penalty (MDP), I’ve been reading, rereading and retelling a story for many years that just keeps on going. It can be a slow and frustrating process and you never know how the story you’re trying to frame will pan out, but it can be pretty exciting too.”


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