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Felix | The truth will out

The exposure of Jimmy Savile is a testament to the bravery of those willing to speak out, says Felix

19 October 2012

We like to say that we can always spot our clients at court. You turn up on a busy morning full of plea and case management hearings (PCMHS), pre-trial reviews (PTRs) and other things which are known by their acronyms: POCA, RIPA, SOPO, PII, OTT, AWOL, WTF (I’ve made some of these up, by the way). And your client is facing some sexual allegations to do with children, and you do not know his name, but the funny thing is he is often quite easy to spot before you ask if Mr So-and-So is here.

We can spot these sorts of clients a mile off. Often this factor is one that preys heavily on the mind when defending, because we can’t help but wonder if the jury are going to reach that same unfortunate conclusion for themselves. Giveaways seem to include: homemade tattoos, bad teeth, bad dress-sense, prolific dandruff, riding a moped, access to a church or school boiler room, an interest in certain websites, and a penchant for...

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