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VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
Members of the criminal bar may be interested in a book entitled The Psychology
of False Confessions. It is written by an Icelander, one Gisli Gudjonsson.
Gudjonsson was once upon a time a police constable in Reykjavík and
then pursued a career in the United Kingdom, becoming involved in a number
of cases where people had been convicted on the strength of false confessions.
The book is reviewed in the June 2019 edition of Counsel, the
magazine of the bar of England and Wales. The reviewer ends by saying that
“police investigators, judges, fact finders and legal practitioners must
always be aware of the potential fragility of suspects’ confessions, however
superficially plausible and convincing they might appear on initial consideration.
This book explains why and should be mandatory reading for all
professionals involved in the criminal justice system”. The book is published
by Wiley, ISBN #9781119315674. The price is not disclosed in the
Allan P. Seckel, Q.C., was appointed as the second alternate member of the
Medical Services Commission for a term ending October 1, 2020.
Here is yet another reason to hire an editor (as though anyone needs
another reason). This was spotted in a Welsh newspaper: “Sixth form college
student, Jake Lend, has been crowned Welsh male voice youth musician
of the year. The music student has also received an offer to stud at the
Welsh College of Music.”
Walmart had the good sense to publish this correction on a pricing error in
one of its stores: “The special offer price of 4 for $10 is incorrect. The correct
price is 2 for $5.”
Nicolas Isaac, formerly of the BC Securities Commission and past president
of the VBA, joined the Cullen Commission into Money Laundering on October
7, 2019 (coincidentally, his birthday … did those eating birthday cake
receive any money in their slice?).
The 1963 film From Russia with Love opens with a chess duel at the International
Grandmasters Championship in Venice, Italy. It is the decisive match
between the Russian agent, Kronsteen, and the Canadian, McAdams (who
plays under the Red Ensign as the maple leaf flag was not inaugurated for
another two years). McAdams, after two checks by his opponent, concedes
the game and says: “My congratulations, sir—a brilliant coup.” The game
was based on an actual chess game in the USSR played in 1960 between
Spassky and Bronstein.