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Edited by George Jonas.

Toronto, CBC Enterprises, c1983.
248pp, cloth, $16.95.
ISBN 0-88794-124-9.

Grades 12 and up.

Reviewed by Allan Kogan.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

In the mood for something different? This book is a spin-off from a successful CBC radio series of the same name. Seven interesting Canadian legal cases, the first presented over the radio, are contained in this book. However, instead of transcribing the plays as short stories, the cases are set out as scripts to the radio plays. As a result, they read very quickly and easily. The scripts appear to be well researched, since the lawyers involved in the cases are often playing themselves, and in the Demeter case, for example, because of continuing litigation, the script was circulated to various crowns, policy experts, and lawyers for comment prior to being aired.

The specific chapters deal with a rape case called Pappajohn in which the defence of an honest belief of consent is questioned and six murder cases including among others, the Demeter case (the wealthy Mississauga builder who allegedly arranged to have his wife murdered), the Wilbur Coffin case (the Gaspe resident who was convicted of killing three American hunters), and the Evelyn Dick case (the Hamilton socialite convicted of the axe murder of her husband).

The editor, George Jonas, has co-authored an award-winning book on the Demeter case and was a contributing editor of the Canadian Lawyer magazine. He has done an admirable job of synthesizing and dramatizing the cases presented. I would recommend this book for entertainment and to focus discussion on some of the many legal issues raised in each story.

Allan Kogon, Georgetown, ON.
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