June 13, 2005
Speaking of The Ambler, and speaking as a casual observer, the Jacko verdict seems right to me for the exact reasons Mr Grace identified two months ago: because the prosecution wasn't trying the right case. These "past pattern" prosecutions are technically above-board, I know, but they necessarily smack of desperation and should logically multiply reasonable doubt exponentially: since the case isn't strong enough to prove on its own merits, in other words, the prosecutors fall back on previous unproven (or in this case untried) cases. Especially in the case of multi-zillionaire celebrities who are known targets of blackmailers and all other manner of grifters, such tactics should automatically send the prosecution's chances into a slow counterclockwise swirl.
Posted by Chris Selley at June 13, 2005 10:44 PM