There are some pretty rude nicknames used for Thommo’s self-promoting lawyer but I will refrain from using them. It is interesting to ponder whether he is acting pro bono, given all the free publicity he is being granted, even though it is not clear that some of things that he is saying may not be in the interests of his client. The ABC, in particular, can’t seem to get enough of their new ‘talent’.
Do you believe him or the police in respect of the request for Thomson to go to Melbourne just before Christmas?
But on the issue of the cameras being there at the time of his arrest, get over it. This is just standard practice these days and at least Thomson was being arrested. This lawyer clearly has a short memory. The cameras were rolling when Thommo’s former best friend Michael Williamson was arrested.
And then there are other instances of regulatory authorities tipping off the media.
- The cameras were rolling when Eddie Groves was charged on the advice of ASIC even though he was then found not guilty.
- The cameras were rolling when the ACCC ordered a raid of the Caltex offices on the suspicion that there was collusion in petrol pricing, a charge that was then dismissed.
And while it may seem excessive to have the number of police officers in attendance, the real issue is the reaction if something went wrong – say he tried to make a run for it out the back door.
I particularly love Thommo’s star of stage and screen lawyer suggesting that other persons were responsible for inappropriate expenditures. What – all 150? Really?