Today I laughed out loud in the British Library. I was reading a book about English Criminal Justice in the 19th century, where it was stated that the Old Bailey had a foul reputation.
Serjeant William Ballantine was a very prominent barrister at the ‘Bailey, and he figures in both of my books; he defended the Reverend Henry John Hatch against a charge of indecent assault, and prosecuted Dr Thomas Smethurst for murder.
Ballantine’s failure to get into the Reform Club, having been ‘blackballed’, caused no surprise it was said. The comment was made: “An old Bailey barrister would be blackballed if he were Jesus Christ…”
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