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If you've ever watched a murder mystery or crime drama on TV, you might have an interest in the inner workings of the legal system.

Now, thanks to Twitter, and social media, the general public are able to get even more of a behind-the-scenes view.

This time, a lawyer has shared the heartbreaking reality of losing a case in which he represented an 18-year-old gang member, and it's a thoroughly thought-provoking read.

Taking to Twitter, barrister Richard Bent Wood, shared the heartbreaking story:

Other social media users chimed in with messages of support.

Many applauded the barrister's 'humanity'.

And thanked him for what he's doing.

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