Clive Stafford Smith OBE is a lawyer specialising in defending people accused of the most serious crimes, and is Founder of the UK legal action charity Reprieve.
Clive spent 26 years working as an attorney in the Southern United States, where he represented over 300 prisoners facing the death penalty. Whilst only taking the cases of those who could not afford lawyers, he prevented in the death penalty in all but six cases (a 98% “victory” rate). Few lawyers ever take a case to the US Supreme Court. Clive has taken five, and all of the prisoners prevailed.
In 2001, when the US military base at Guantánamo Bay was pressed into service, Clive joined two other lawyers to sue for access to the prisoners there. He believed the camp to be an affront to democracy and the rule of law. His ultimate goal is to close it and restore to the US and its allies their legitimacy as champions of human rights.
In this talk, Clive will be looking at the use of the death penalty in the UK and US legal systems.
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This talk will be discussing topics such as capital punishment.