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Stateside lessons

Thank you to John for stepping in for me during my holiday over the past couple of weeks. Since my return, there has certainly been a lot of news to catch up on.

31 October 2014

Fortunately, the ever popular 'news in brief section' kept me up to date with all the significant developments, such is the global reach of SJ. It was perhaps a coincidence that last week John talked about our transatlantic colleagues considering our legal system as 'archaic' and filled with 'pomp and ceremony'. Having spent some time travelling in and around California this month, my passive recognition of the differences between us and our respective legal systems initially seemed to be quite stark. However, as the trip continued, I noticed worrying signs of alignment.

I'm no expert in comparative law and my limited knowledge of the US legal system comes primarily from expensive looking TV dramas and occasional sensationalised news stories of peculiar crimes. Spending a lot of time driving around with only a radio in the car for entertai...

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