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Dominic Dromgoole and Clive StaffordSmith: Shakespeare in Guantánamo, 7 November 2013

... In an attempt to avoid being held liable for any mistreatment of detainees the Guantánamo Bay medical staff have adopted Shakespearean names. Until recently, some of the doctors there used their real names, which made it easy to report them for misconduct. Now the military wants the medical staff to ignore the Tokyo Declaration of 1975, which forbids the force-feeding of mentally competent hunger strikers, and refuse to inform prisoners of the results of their own medical tests ...

Guess what? It’s raining

Deborah Friedell: Murder in Florida, 5 July 2012

Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America 
by Clive StaffordSmith.
Harvill Secker, 376 pp., £18.99, July 2012, 978 1 84655 625 8
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... weapon was never discovered, but a ballistics expert testified that it had most likely been a 9mm Smith & Wesson. Maharaj’s gun collection had included a 9mm Smith & Wesson though he claimed it had been stolen from him shortly before the murders. The star witness for the prosecution was Neville Butler, a reporter on the ...

The Least Worst Place

Colin Dayan: ‘Supermax’ Prisons, 2 August 2007

Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons 
by Clive StaffordSmith.
Weidenfeld, 307 pp., £16.99, April 2007, 978 0 297 85221 6
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... of our bodies.’ Imagine what it would be like to have worked for more than twenty years, as Clive StaffordSmith has, defending death-row inmates in the American South, only to find oneself in Guantánamo, what the military calls ‘the least worst place’, trying to win the trust of men who have not even been ...

Prisoners

David Saunders-Wilson, 23 November 1989

Inside Out 
by Rosie Johnston.
Joseph, 226 pp., £12.95, October 1989, 0 7181 3115 0
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Life on Death Row: One Man’s Fight against Racism and the Death Penalty 
by Merrilyn Thomas.
Piatkus, 160 pp., £12.95, September 1989, 0 86188 879 0
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... this is exactly how drugs are smuggled into prison. Merrilyn Thomas’s book concerns the work of Clive Stafford-Smith and the Southern Prisoners Defence Committee. Born in Newmarket, educated at Radley and another Cambridge reject, Stafford-...

Diary

Mohammed el Gorani and Jérôme Tubiana: In Guantánamo, 15 December 2011

... name?’ ‘I know your name is …’ I don’t remember it today, but let’s say he was called Smith. ‘Don’t say that aloud!’ ‘I know your city, I know your family, I know details!’ Actually, all I knew was his name and his city. ‘Who told you this?’ ‘I won’t say. But one day I’m gonna go home and then you’ll see.’ He started ...

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