Bluenose Justice: True Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and Murder
Justice, as the old saying goes, must be seen to be done. Sometimes justice must be seen to be believed. That’s the case in Bluenose Justice, a collection of true stories drawn from Nova Scotia’s legal past. It’s an eclectic mix of the slightly offbeat and the deadly serious, where a wise-cracking judge and a crafty embezzler rub shoulders with a shadowy executioner and cold-blooded murderers. Newspaper publisher Joseph Howe’s stirring 1835 defence of freedom of the press is recounted here, along with the saga of the bookkeeper who nearly cleaned out the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1870 and the antics of rumrunner Jack Randell, whose run-in with the U.S. coast guard created an international incident in 1929 (Pottersfield Press, 1993, republished Lancelot Press, 1996).