George Michael’s lawyer entered a plea of “not guilty” today at Brent Magistrate’s Court. George did not attend the hearing himself (obviously George is too important to waste his time going to court like the rest of us do when we get in trouble). There will now be a further hearing on March 7, to hear legal arguments; with a trial date provisionally set for April 23.
Well, they’re certainly dragging this out. No idea why. I cannot believe this is a complicated case. The police simply need to present their evidence. George Michael can explain why he was asleep at the wheel of his car while driving it (if indeed he was). And the Magistrate can come to a verdict as to whether George was fit to drive or not.
Actually, though, it seems that George’s not guilty plea is not related to whether or not he was fit to drive. It’s related to the fact that George’s solicitor says that correct police procedures were not followed at the time of the arrest. In other words, George is trying to avoid conviction on a “technicality”. It’s a common tactic.
His solicitor said that blood samples taken from George on the night of his arrest were not legal, meaning the trial should be scrapped. This seems to suggest that the blood tests do actually show drink/drugs were in George’s system that night.
“Are you saying prosecution should not take place because it is unfair?” the magistrate asked.
“Indeed,” replied George’s lawyer.
This matter will be discussed in the March 7 hearing. And then, assuming the prosecution goes ahead, it will happen in late April at the earliest.
Why all concerned need to keep putting off the hearing, and spending my money in the process, (this court is paid for through tax payers money) is beyond me. It’s a simple fucking case. Fucking get on with it. I’m not having a go at George in particular here. I’m having a go at the legal process.
As a side-note, I think George will now just going to have to go ahead and announce the US tour, ahead of putting all this behind him.
As I said before, I’m not sure the legal tactics of George’s defense team are necessarily optimal. The point is: if he can get off on a technicality, then fine. However, if the prosecution goes ahead, he’s making matters worse for himself if he’s found guilty, but hasn’t admitted it. Not a wise move, in my opinion, when this offence can carry a jail term. I hope George’s defense team are sure of themselves in going down the “technicality route.”
Assuming the police have evidence like blood tests, and witness reports of his erratic driving etc…. Then, if he just lied, and said, “I’m sorry. It was a moment of madness. I don’t normally do this kind of thing – I was under a lot of stress at the time, and I was very tired from performing so many concerts. It was a stupid thing to do, and I recognise that someone could have been hurt. I have learnt my lesson, and would never do anything like this again. I have a driver, I will use him.” Well, then I’d have thought he would almost certainly get away with a £5K fine and a 12 month driving ban.