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The case against the defendant was overwhelming. There was stolen merchandise in his yard and in his mobile home. His dad was his only alibi. But still he wouldn't confess

By Alex McBride   November 2008

“Bugger won’t plead guilty,” said the beleaguered-looking defence counsel with a weary sigh. “I’ve got absolutely nothing to say. Might as well have brought my bongos.” Thank God I was prosecuting. I was giddy with relief that I wasn’t the one stuck with the “no questions” trial. This is what the trade calls a case where the evidence against your client is so overwhelming that you can’t think of any questions to ask on his behalf.

How had it come to this? Malcolm and his crew weren’t slapstick junkie burglars snagging themselves on windows and dripping blood (not to mention…

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