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A City Possessed - Reviews


The Press
June 21 2003

A City Possessed
Brief Review by
John Prebble
Professor of law, Victoria University

A City Possessed:
The Christchurch Civic Creche Case
by Lynley Hood.
Publisher: Longacre Press 2001

I read Lynley Hood's book and thought it a remarkable piece of work. It showed that the verdicts weren't safe. The (Government's) response to Lynley Hood's book has been that it doesn't raise any more facts and if and when more facts emerge, possibly the Government will do something about it. "The problem with that is that it fails to take into account that the whole process of the case from start to finish has not examined the facts in the way in which Lynley Hood has ... She has been able to examine the case and take account both of all the facts and of contextual matters that others were prevented from considering.