Fascinating fact: William Garrow

November 11, 2009

Someone asked me whether we had made up Garrow’s aggressiveness.  It’s certainly true that you can’t tell tone of voice from the proceedings but check this out.  This is taken from an 1832 article about Garrow.  The author is talking about Garrow’s cross examination style:

“He seemed every now and then to destroy, almost to annihilate, an adverse witness; and often he would, without effort and unperceived, be winding about him, throwing a net round, gradually contracting it into a noose … and then he would on a sudden pounce forth upon him and tear him to pieces.”

That was one of the things that we used to help get a sense of what Garrow was like in Court.

Mark Pallis