In a recent interview the journalist Evan Whitton challenges the sacred cows of our legal system. He takes on ideas such as the right to silence, the notion of precedent, plea bargaining and client/lawyer privilege. In short order he turns some of our most treasured legal traditions on their heads and casts them as liabilities rather than assets. He says our system of justice favours too much the role of lawyers and is as a consequence excessively expensive, lets too many guilty people walk free and sends too many innocent people to prison. And he does what I thought was a reasonable job of arguing his case. I thought it was well worth shareing and I’d be interested in reactions.