Easy listening legal history

By | 6 November 2009

Westminster Hour on BBC Radio4 (Sundays starting at 10 pm)  is currently running a Sunday Supplement on the topic of  Cases that Changed Our World.  Clive Coleman, whose voice you probably already know as he also presents  ‘Law In Action’ for Radio 4 ,  is selecting cases which marked a new departure in the development of  various aspects of the law or the legal system.
The forthcoming session (Sunday 8 November 2009 10 pm) will be about a


A puff too far?

strangely topical  case  about  a “positive” cure for influenza, the woman who discovered it failed to live up to the claims of the advertisement … and the boundaries of contract. Those with access to The Times Digital Archive (Oxford people if you’re off campus, log in to OXLP+ to get access to this database) can read the editorial for July 5 1892 p.9 col.7 for “much diversion and not a little edification.”

(Thanks to Leeds University’s UK Law Online for the image left – click on the image to go to their sight to read all about it.

The first Sunday Supplement was about the perils of jury service in the 1670s, & will be available for a while at this   listen again facility.  Some of you may have seen The Trial of Penn and Mead at the Edinburgh Fringe, or the even luckier among you enjoyed it in London (with a glass of wine) – most of us will just have to settle for reading the account in Howell’s State Trials And of course listening to the BBC!

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