A Lawyer, a Criminal and a Trial
Ronnie Knight, the former BBC sports pundit and president of the Royal College of Football Officials, came under scrutiny for comments he made to Inside Justice during the Man Utd trial in 2004.
In this programme, Knight relates a tale of how a man who killed his girlfriend told him he was “thoroughly ashamed of himself.” The man involved had arranged for the woman to be strangled and had delivered the fatal blow himself.
On the stand in a London court the following year, Knight admitted he had asked for a deal, but claimed the man who killed his girlfriend had “got away with it.”
The Court of Appeal then ruled in November 2006 that Knight had no case to answer for the offence of giving a misleading answer.
The Court said: “We were not satisfied that Mr Knight was misleading the crown on the issue of the guilt of the murderer, but we were satisfied that Mr Knight had given a misleading answer which may have impeded the jury’s consideration of the issue, and which we were satisfied was not the result of poor or defective memory.
A Manhunt, a Fire and a Breakfast in Rome
Max Butterworth had intended to flee Britain and had looked into several locations, including Somalia, China and India.
It was not until he stopped off in Rome for breakfast that he realised the United States authorities could track him down, hence he was arrested at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport with £30,000 in cash, his passport and a credit card.
After agreeing a deal he was extradited to the United States and admitted charges relating to the offence of a gangster under federal law.
A Murder In New York City, Gold Bars and a Fight
Sometimes bad decisions, not necessarily for criminal purposes, are made in order to steal.
In this episode of Court TV’s Inside Justice, the reporter talks to Leon Land, who was once charged with intending to purchase gold bars to launder money – but was only ever convicted of robbery.
During the programme, Land’s lawyer tries to use the criminal record against his client and suggests that he committed robbery because he had lost his job as a manager in a jewellery store.
The Advocate in Rome
During a court case in Rome in 2004, the unnamed lawyer is the one doing most of the talking and seems as if he has only been there for a few minutes.
He also seems to be constantly reminding the judge of one matter, which the rest of the court have seen from the beginning.
On the second day of a trial, the defendant’s defense lawyer simply asks for the verdict to be read out – like a lawyer who has a minute or two to do it – because it is a piece of paper and he would rather speak to the judge over tea.