11/1/2006UK: Anti-Speed Camera Lawyer Arrested, Office Raided
Police arrested a lawyer who defends celebrity motorists for the crime of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Nick Freeman, 49, the UK lawyer known as "Mr Loophole" was arrested Monday morning in connection with his work defending celebrity clients such as David Beckham against various motoring charges. Freeman also had set up a website to help non-celebrity drivers faced with speed camera tickets and the threat of a driving ban. His expertise at uncovering mistakes by the police and prosecution has earned Freeman the enmity of powerful officials.
According to the BBC, Britain's top police chief, Meredydd Hughes, admits to "becoming increasingly frustrated with lawyers who used legal small print to help win acquittals for clients."
Police also took the opportunity to raid Freeman's office in Manchester after charging him on suspicion of "a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice." Released on bail, Freeman said Tuesday that he would defend himself against the charge.
"At this stage I cannot go into any details in relation to this allegation other than to say I am totally innocent," Freeman said in a statement Tuesday.