Lawyer Manley: Vol 1 First Time Up (Paperback)
Written in narrative style from a court room perspective, First Time Up deals primarily with twenty-four of Manley's early cases from 1922 to 1925. Based on court reports, Manley's legal papers, diaries and letters, the material is revealing historically, legally and sociologically.
Manley's cross-examinations were hardly ever without excitement and those of expert witnesses an intellectual treat. Witnesses offer a mass of detail about life in Jamaica in the 1920s and the verdicts dispel the assumption that Manley never lost a murder trial. The reader meets a host of Jamaican personalities, all in their early, formative years, as jurors, clients or hostile witnesses pitting their wits against Manley in the box.