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He [Julian Assange] can’t see his defence documents … It belonged in a show trial in the 1950s: Moscow, Prague, you name it … Do they know what has happened to justice here? John Pilger, interview RT 2019
16 of the 17 at least charges against Assange in the United States are unlawful, are political. ibid.
And then followed the trial of the so-called Stoke Newington 8. The longest criminal trial in legal history and certainly one of the most controversial. The Angry Brigade: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Britain’s First Urban Guerrilla Group, BBC 1973
One of the longest and most expensive cases in British legal history at the time, lasting four months … All thirteen of the Spiral Tribe members were acquitted along with a woman who sold pancakes and a man who ran a cycle-powered gyroscope. The Agony and the Ecstasy II: The People vs The Establishment, Sky Arts 2017
April 12th 1633 ... In Rome 70-year-old Galileo Galilei is on trial for heresy. Days that Shook the World s2e6: Reach for the Stars, BBC 2004
There can be no ultimate proof of God’s design. ibid. Pope to Galileo
The Dialogue is being printed, not in Rome but in Florence. ibid.
The Inquisition makes its intentions unmistakably clear. ibid.
The Dialogue is banned by the Catholic Church, and will remain so for the next two hundred years. ibid.
The Inspector flung the matchbox down on the table. ‘You are labouring under a great delusion,’ he said. ‘These gentlemen here and myself have no standing whatever in this affair of yours, indeed we know hardly anything about it. We might wear the most official uniforms and your case would not be a penny the worse. I can’t even confirm that you are charged with an offence, or rather I don’t know whether you are. You are under arrest, certainly, more than that I do not know.’ Franz Kafka, The Trial p10
‘And don’t make such an outcry about your feeling innocent, it spoils the not unfavourable impression that you make in other respects. Also you should be far more reticent, nearly everything you have just said could have been implied in your behaviour with the help of a word here and there, and in any case does not redound particularly to your credit.’ ibid. p11
K was informed by telephone that next Sunday a short inquiry into his case would take place. His attention was drawn to the fact that these inquiries would now follow each other regularly, perhaps not every week, but at more frequent intervals as time went on. It was in the general interest, on the one hand, that the case should be quickly concluded, but on the other hand the interrogations must be thorough in every respect, although, because of the strain involved, they must never last too long. ibid. p27
You may object that it is not a trial at all; you are quite right, for it is only a trial if I recognize it as such. ibid. p35
There is a great organization at work. An organization which not only employs corrupt warders, stupid Inspectors, and Examining Magistrates of whom the best that can be said is that they recognize their own limitations, but also has at its disposal a judicial hierarchy of high, indeed of the highest rank, with an indispensable and numerous retinue of servants, clerks, police, and other assistants, perhaps even hangmen, I do not shrink from the word. And the significance of this great organization, gentlemen? It consists in this, that innocent persons are accused of guilt, and senseless proceedings are put in motion against them, mostly without effect, it is true, as in my own case. ibid. pp39-40
These books are probably law books, and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance. ibid. p44
‘What are you waiting here for?’ asked K courteously. But this unexpected question confused the man which was the more deeply embarrassing as he was obviously a man of the world who would have known how to comport himself anywhere else and would not lightly have renounced his natural superiority. Yet in this place he did not know even how to reply to a simple question and gazed at the other clients as if it were their duty to help him, as if no one could expect him to answer should help not be forthcoming. ibid. p56
K had no idea what the Advocate was doing about the case; at any rate it did not amount to much, it was more than a month since Huld had sent for him, and even during the first few consultations K had formed the impression that the man could not do much for him. To begin with, he had hardly cross-questioned him at all. ibid. pp101-102
The proceedings were not public; they could certainly, if the Court considered it necessary, become public, but the Law did not prescribe that they must be made public. Naturally, therefore, the legal records of the case, and above all the actual charge-sheets, were inaccessible to the accused and his counsel, consequently one did not know in general, or at least did not know with any precision, what charges to meet in the first plea. ibid. p103
For the Defence was not actually countenanced by the Law, but only tolerated, and there were differences of opinion even on that point, whether the Law could be interpreted to admit such tolerance at all. ibid. p103
‘Impervious only to proof which one brings before the Court,’ said the painter ... ‘But it is quite a different matter with one’s efforts behind the scenes; that is, in the consulting-rooms, in the lobbies or, for example, in this studio.’ ibid. p135
‘I forgot to ask you first what sort of acquittal do you want. There are three possibilities, that is, definite acquittal, ostensible acquittal, and indefinite postponement.’ ibid. p138
My uncle the Boss of this family is on trial for his life. The Sopranos s4e1: For All Debts Public & Private starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony to gang, HBO 2002
We’re here today for a trial we have waited seven years for. The trial of a criminal gang. Romanzo Criminale s2e9 starring Francesco Montanari & Vinicio Marchioni & Alessandro Roja & Marco Bocci & Daniela Virgilio & Andrea Sartoretti et al, bloke in court, Sky Cinema 1 2010
Trials are too important to be left up to juries. Runaway Jury 2003 starring Gene Hackman & John Cusack & Dustin Hoffman & Rachel Weisz & Jeremy Piven & Bruce Davison & Bruce McGill & Marguerite Moreau & Nick Searcy & Leland Orser et al, director Gary Fleder
You’ve made yourself judge and jury and if necessary executioner. By what right have you appointed yourself to this position? Star Trek: The Next Generation s6e6: True Q, Picard to Q
Sisko: What are the other five trials [as well as starvation]?
Worf: Blood, pain, sacrifice, anguish and death. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s6e7: You Are Cordially Invited ...
The trial of the main war criminals turning into a media spectacle followed around the world. Goering: A Career III, ZDF 2006
October 1945: One of the most fanatical of all Nazis is marched into Nuremberg prison. Rudolf Hess had been Adolf Hitler’s deputy. Now he was on trial for his life. Nuremberg – Nazis on Trial: Hess, Discovery 2013
The first charge against Hess was conspiracy. ibid.
Hess was one of ten defendants who escaped the death penalty. ibid.
Unrepentant and ruthless, the most fanatical was Hermann Goering – Hitler’s chosen successor. The trial was a huge gamble for the allies. Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial: Hermann Goering, BBC 2006
On 20th November 1945 the world’s first international war crimes tribunal opened in Nuremberg. ibid.
The victor will always be the judge, the vanquished the accused. Hermann Goering, defence submission
He had saved his valuable art but in 1946 it was time to save himself. Albert Speer appeared before the Nuremberg war trials with other leading Nazis. He convinced prosecutors that he was an artist, unaware of the facts. Nazi Secrets: Albert Speer Unmasked
I plead not guilty to the charges made against me. Baldur von Schirach, Nuremberg Trials