Tuesday 19, June 2012
Police "to blame" for dangerous drivers - top lawyer
CELEBRITY lawyer Nick Freeman criticised police by claiming officers are putting the public in danger by not correctly prosecuting dangerous drivers.
Mr Freeman, 56, who has been nicknamed Mr Loophole after many of his clients escaped with lesser punishments for motoring offences, spoke following the release of his book The Art of Loopholes.
He was quizzed by students from Ashton on Mersey School at a press conference at the University of Salford.
He said he was not responsible for driving offenders and added: “I’m not putting them on the road - all I’m doing is highlighting what is wrong with the prosecution case.
“I’m not doing anything wrong.”
Mr Freeman also told students he would re-introduce corporal punishment in schools, claiming it would give pupils fear, discipline and respect.
He revealed he was beaten as a child and it did not affect him seriously during his younger life and would also work for both children and adults now.
The millionaire lawyer has represented actors, models and sports stars during his career, such as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
But he said there were some people he would not defend in court and added he lets his morals get in the way of his work.
Mr Freeman said he would not represent paedophiles or people guilty of animal cruelty.
He said: “I’m a hypocrite and have been asked to defend terrorists and declined. “I shouldn’t do that.”
When asked about criminals he has defended, he added: “Just because we defend them, doesn’t mean I associate with them.”
By Daniel Harrop, Ben Gorman, James Walton, Andrew Locke and Heather Gaulton
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