By Judith Rowbotham
Drawing jointly examples from broadsheet and tabloid newspapers this account of English crime reportage takes readers from the overdue eighteenth century to the current day. within the post-Leveson global, it's a well timed and fascinating contextualisation of the background of published crime information and investigative journalism.
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Many legal reporters were conscious of their future careers and might wish to curry favour or destroy perceived competitors. Lord Brougham often found favour with the press for being in touch with the groundswell of public opinion, but others were less popular. Lords Westbury and Lyndhurst, active political lawyers, clearly did not endear themselves to The Spectator’s lawyer–journalists, for example. 58 A later critique compared the relative merits of the intellectual capacity of Lord Brougham and the late Lord Lyndhurst, acidly asserting that ‘We purposefully choose the comparison in intellect with Lord Lyndhurst because we do not admire Lord Lyndhurst’s career.
153. 64 Ibid. 65 Ibid pp. 153–154. 66 J. ) vol. 1, p. iv. 67 Rowbotham and Stevenson, Criminal Conversations, introduction. 34 Crime News in Modern Britain were always certain to be popular reading, there were other, more apparently mundane topics which also attracted regular attention, if fewer individual column inches, such as domestic violence and petty theft. 68 In that year, the Aggravated Assaults Act 1853 had been enacted. 70 There was little will, however, to focus specifically and precisely on such domestic violence by enabling more speedy punitive responses, despite the wider acceptance of the need for women and children to receive greater protection from male violence perpetrated against them, whether in public or in private.
3 For further discussion of individual titles and crime reportage, see J. Rowbotham and K. Stevenson (eds) (2005) Criminal Conversations: Victorians Behaving Badly (Columbus: Ohio State University Press). R. Mitchell (1988) British Historical Statistics (Cambridge University Press) pp. 779–787, and the general discussion in ch. 15. A ‘Golden Era’? 1860–1885 41 increased use of the summary courts, which are amplified by the importance, in daily press coverage, of cases and other incidents from those courts.