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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.
Are we innocent till proven guilty, or guilty till proven innocent? Is justice really just? We generally have faith in the justice system assuming those convicted are guilty – even when someone is charged with a crime we tend to think there can’t be smoke without fire and so they must be guilty of something, even if not the whole crime. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been charged right? In reality, wrongful convictions are not statistical anomalies but occur with worrying regularity for a multitude of different reasons. Some estimates state that 5-10% of the prison population may be wrongfully convicted, which is an astounding potential of 200,000 people who are innocent yet in prison. This deeply worrying state of affairs is highlighted in a new book called ‘Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted’. This collaboration between best-selling authors and exonerees tells the stories of those who for so long could get no one to listen.
Usually for the topic hour Ruth Copland goes out and about to talk to people on the street. However for this topic Ruth Copland has two expert guests – multi-award-winning, best-selling crime writer Laurie R King, and Leslie S Klinger, lawyer, editor, and world authority on Sherlock Holmes. Leslie is the co-editor of ‘Anatomy of Innocence’ and Laurie is one of the contributing authors to ‘Anatomy of Innocence’. We talk about how high-profile authors came to tell exonerees’ stories; the different reasons wrongful convictions come about; what can be done to improve justice and find the right person guilty of a crime; and whether we as a society want quick, easy solutions.
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Hampton Sides – Internationally bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and historian