Here’s the thing I don’t get: George Michael can afford the best legal team. So, why is his solicitor insisting on pissing off the judge that will be running George’s trial?
Here’s the deal. George is facing a serious charge. His attendence is in court required. End of story. And yet, at every opportunity his solicitor has been whining to the Court that George is very busy doing things that he thinks are much more important than him facing these serious charges. As an example, look at this exchange from yesterday’s hearing, in regard of the first day of the trial:
George’s solicitor: Rehearsals are taking place in Portugal (on May 8). There are about 150 people who will be present during that time and obviously, it is very important (that George attends these rehearsals).
Judge: In relation to that, his attendance (in court) is very import.
You can almost hear how irritated the judge was. The judge has said that, if George can’t be bothered to show up in court on the trial days before the final day, she be willing to excuse him. However, make no mistake, that will not work in his favour. It simply makes it look as though George doesn’t take these charges seriously.
And, if that’s what the judge ends up thinking, and George is found guilty, she has a number of measures she can take to impress upon George the seriousness of the offence. I am not a lawyer, but in my opinion, it would have been better to have got this trial out of the way a long time ago, and for George to have shown up in court on all the days of the trial.
If George is found not guilty (and he has said publically that his system was free of drugs on the night in question so he presumably believes he will be), then none of this matters. However, if he is found guilty, not only are the consequences potentially serious, but he will lose a lot of credibility. It will appear that he believes he is above the law and doesn’t think it’s at all dangerous to drive under the influence of strong drugs.
Fingers crossed there were no drugs in his system, and that he is found not guilty…