Patricia Cahill and Karyn Smith

The tangled case of Patricia Cahill and Karyn Smith

The Guardian, October 26 1991

Stephen Ronald Jakobi, aged 56, Cambridge graduate, former trial lawyer, leading light of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and expert in personal injury claims, knows a thing or two about the law.

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Official misbehaviour in the case of Patricia Cahill and Karyn Smith

The Guardian, February 15 1992

The story of Patricia Cahill and Karyn Smith is, in one sense, simply a story about injustice, in which two daft teenagers are robbed of their youth in a foreign jail, one for being reckless, the other for nothing - merely for being there. But beyond that, it is a story of intrigue and secret manoeuvure, in which almost every party behaves with breath-taking selfishness and in which the simple...

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Losing the war against drugs

The Guardian, July 24 1993
Written after the release from a Thai jail of Karyn Smith and Patricia Cahill

Karyn Smith and Patricia Cahill are, of course, our enemies. All drug dealers are our enemies. That's the point of the war against drugs. So of course these two young women deserve all the abuse that has been heaped upon them - even if one of them does turn out to be innocent, even if the other one is guilty of nothing more than daftness, and even if they were both exploited first by the dealers...

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