The public hasbecome obsessed with celebrity trials, according to Ghulam Sohail, partner and head of criminal law at West Midlands firm Challinors Lyon Clark.
And, despite the widespread belief that celebrities can buy themselves acquittal by paying for the services of the best defence, media coverage makes it difficult for them to have a fair trial, he suggests.
He said: "As a general rule, I believe that celebrities do find their cases more stressful and that they are harder to defend.
"When allegations are made against celebrities during the course of proceedings it is common to have to provide releases through a celebrity agent or through the media to counter reports which are blatantly inaccurate or untrue.
This type of coverage is normally unwanted by either side as not only does it tend to focus away from the central issues that are relevant, but for the prosecution can lead to applications by defence lawyers that a celebrity will not be able to receive a fair trial in light of the inaccurate reporting when the individual is subsequently to be judged by his or her peers.
"The public seem to have become obsessed with celebrities on trial. Over 140 million American people tuned in to hear the delivery of a not guilty verdict in the O.J. Simpson case in which he was accused of the murder of his wife in 1995, while media coverage and interest in the Michael Jackson case eclipses any other celebrity court case and will probably set a new standard for the level of interest in them."
According to Mr Sohail, whose firm has provided specialist criminal defence representation for a range of celebrity clients, celebrities can be perceived as demigods by the public with whom they identify and idolise.
Yet, conflict may lie in the Michael Jackson case for instance, when the jury is expected to overlook his reputation and treat him like any other member of the community.
Mr Sohail said: "With specific reference to the Jackson case, there is the chance that the jury may not view him favourably due to his privileged lifestyle and, although he is idolised by many fans, his public persona has become distorted over the years and he is regarded as an eccentric character.
"This may have an impact on the jury's decisions, based on this behaviour, meaning that he may not receive the same benefit of the doubt as another member of the public.
"In the UK, court cases involving footballers have garnered much publicity including the alleged rape case involving Kieron Dyer, Titus Bramble and others in the Dorchester Hotel some months ago. It is uncommon for serious allegations of this particular nature to find themselves in the public domain whilst being investigated.
"The victim's identity is protected in sexual allegations or where under the age of 17, but there is no such protection for a suspect which illustrates one of the inequalities of our justice system.
"Generally, there is a negative view of footballers and many members of the public tend to feel that when they make a mistake, they deserve everything they get - as the product of too much money and a general absence of responsibility."
On the other hand, some celebrities have used their fame and its trappings to their advantage, ensuring the best defence lawyers represent them.
Winona Ryder was only given 480 hours community service for stealing over £5,000 worth of clothes - a crime which many have been jailed for. Jonathan Woodgate, when convicted post trial at the Crown Court in Hull, was made subject of a community penalty order and over the years, Roy Keane, Dennis Wise and many others have been acquitted of allegations ranging from minor assaults to criminal damage - all at the magistrates court, where the conviction rate generally does tend to favour the prosecution.
Mr Sohail noted: "This combination of wealth, glamour and extreme notoriety are what makes these cases so interesting to the public.
"From a legal viewpoint, neither side likes publicity when criminal proceedings are brought. The prosecution normally find that they have to justify the discontinuance of proceedings or alternatively a prosecution being brought where an acquittal follows after trial. I do not necessarily believe that the public is biased against the prosecution. This depends upon the nature of the allegation made, the circumstances in which the allegation comes in to the public domain, the way in which the matter is reported and also the reputation or perceived image of the suspect."
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