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Legal thriller

The legal thriller is a subgenre of thriller and crime fiction in which the major characters are lawyers and their employees. The system of justice itself is always a major part of these works, at times functioning as one of the characters. In this way, the legal system provides the framework for the legal thriller much as the system of modern police work does for the police procedural. Crusading lawyers become involved in proving their cases to such an extent that they imperil their own interpersonal relationships and their own lives. Major authors of this genre include William Bernhardt, Michael Connelly, William J Coughlin, Marcia Clark, Vish Dhamija, Robert Dugoni, Kenneth G. Eade, Linda Fairstein, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mark Gimenez, James Grippando, John Grisham, David Kessler, Lowell B. Komie, William Lashner, John Lescroart, Paul Levine, Phillip Margolin, Steve Martini, Brad Meltzer, John Mortimer, Michael Nava, Perri O'Shaughnessy, Richard North Patterson, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Lisa Scottoline, Gianluca Arrighi, Sheldon Siegel, Arthur Train, Scott Turow, Kate Wilhelm.

Capcom's Ace Attorney is a series of legal thriller adventure video games. Robinson, Marlyn. "Collins to Grisham: A Brief History of the Legal Thriller". Legal Studies Forum. 22: 21. Archived from the original on 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2014-01-07

Gruffydd Aled Williams

Gruffydd Aled Williams FLSW is a scholar who specialises in Welsh medieval poetry and Renaissance literature. He was brought up in Dinmael and Glyndyfrdwy in the former county of Merioneth. Educated at Glyndyfrdwy Primary School, Llangollen Grammar School and the University College of North Wales, Bangor, he graduated in Welsh in 1964. From 1965 to 1970 he was Assistant Lecturer in Welsh at University College and from 1970 he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in the Department of Welsh at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Welsh and Head of the Department of Welsh at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a post he held until his retirement in 2008, he is now an Emeritus Professor of the university. Williams is the author of over 50 articles on medieval poetry and Renaissance literature in periodicals and academic journals on medieval poetry and Renaissance literature, his book Ymryson Edmwnd Prys a Wiliam Cynwal was awarded the University of Wales' Sir Ellis Griffith Prize.

In 1994 he published an edition of the poetry attributed to Owain Cyfeiliog. After retiring he has concentrated his research on the history of Owain Glyndŵr and the literature associated with him, he delivered the British Academy's Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lecture in 2010 on "More than'skimble-skamble stuff': the Medieval Poetry Associated with Owain Glyndŵr"", in 2013 he contributed two articles to Owain Glyndŵr: A Casebook, ed. J. K. Bollard and Michael Livingston. In 2016 his book Dyddiau Olaf Owain Glyndŵr won the Creative Non-fiction category in Literature Wales's Book of the Year competition. Williams edited Llên Cymru, the leading academic journal in the field of Welsh literary history, from 1997 until 2012, he is the President of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society and a member of the Council of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He was elected to the White Robed Order of the Gorsedd of Bards in 2002 and as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2014. Williams is married to Éimear and they have two sons and one daughter

Shazia Masih

Shazia Masih was a young girl from Pakistan's impoverished Christian community. Near her 12th birthday, she was hired to work as a house maid in the home of the former President of the Lahore Bar Association, Chaudhry Naeem. After eight months of employment in Naeem's home, she was found dead with marks of torture on her body. Masih's case was brought into the limelight by the unusual circumstances of her death; the case garnered widespread media attention in Pakistan and around the world. Allegations of rape and inhuman treatment were leveled against Naeem's family based on the original autopsy report. Naeem and his family were charged with the murder. However, they were acquitted at trial. Instead a different medical report was presented. In addition, the police presented conflicting statements from witnesses at trial; the lack of justice for Shazia Masih highlighted the plight of Pakistan's Christian minority. Shazia Masih was born on May 20, 1997, her parents were Nasreen Bibi. After her father died while she was young, her mother married her step-father, Bashir Masih, a sweeper.

She lived in a rented room with her mother, step-father and five siblings in a slum in Samanabad, Lahore. Shazia was the third child. Due to abject poverty, her mother agreed for Shazia to work as a maid in the home of a Lahore-based wealthy lawyer, Chaudhry Naeem. Neighbors have alleged that Chaudhry Naeem's family physically beat the 12-year-old girl for petty lapses. On Friday, 22 January 2010, Shazia's step-father, Bashir Masih, received a call from Chaudhry Naeem reporting that she had fallen down the stairs, she was admitted to Jinnah Hospital. Doctors at Jinnah Hospital told her parents and the media that Shazia was dead on arrival, that she may have died about four days earlier based on the state of the body. Shazia's killer had broken her jaw and right arm, she bore signs of blunt force trauma on her sensitive parts, including kidneys and forehead. There were signs of trauma on her private parts. Bashir Masih reported in his statement to the police that Naeem offered him PKR 30,000 to stay silent and accept Shazia's body for burial.

However, he reported the case. Following a media outcry, the police arrested Chaudhry Naeem, his son Yasir, sister-in-law and daughter-in-law, they were charged by the police with illegally employing a minor, physical torture of a child and murder. However, soon there was an outcry from members of the Lahore Bar Association, of which Naeem had earlier served as President; the LBA alleged that the police was harassing an Advocate member of the LBA. They announced a boycott of court proceedings to protest the arrest of a member of the Bar Association. Naeem in his statement to the police alleged, he charged her with taking food from the family's refrigerator without permission. While the first autopsy report and statements from doctors at Jinnah Hospital alleged physical torture and abuse, a subsequent autopsy report claimed that Shazia died of cardiopulmonary arrest. A toxicology reported that Shazia died of blood poisoning, yet another medical report presented at trial stated. The media reported that Shazia's family had been paid PKR 10,000 at the time of her employment with Chaudhry Naeem's family.

After Shazia's death gathered media attention, her family was offered PKR 500,000 and a house by Naeem. Chaudhry Naeem alleged that Bashir Masih filed charges against him because Naeem had refused Bashir's request for money, he further alleged. He claimed that he wanted Bashir to take his daughter back home; as a result, Pakistan's Human Rights Activists distanced themselves from the case. Shazia's step-father did not testify. During trial, the prosecution did not present the original autopsy report from the Jinnah Hospital. Instead a different medical report was presented which said that Shazia Masih died of a skin disease. Naeem and his family was acquitted as a result, since this report indicated that she died of natural causes. Shazia's mother and step-father separated after the trial