Law stu­dent as­sisted on Spacey case

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AM­BER WIL­SON

WHEN Hollywood ac­tor Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty to in­de­cent as­sault, he was be­ing watched in court by a Ho­bart law stu­dent.

Fourth-year Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia scholar Sam Wil­son was as­sist­ing the District At­tor­ney pros­e­cute the

House of Cards and Amer­i­can Beauty star af­ter he was ac­cused of grop­ing an 18-yearold man in a Nan­tucket bar.

Mr Wil­son, 22, was born in the United States but moved to Tas­ma­nia as a baby. Last sum­mer, em­bold­ened by his men­tor — Ho­bart aca­demic and ex-lawyer Martin Har­ris — Mr Wil­son de­cided to visit his Amer­i­can fam­ily and pick up some le­gal ex­pe­ri­ence while there.

He took on an in­tern­ship with the Cape and Is­land District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in Mas­sachusetts and, in a “bizarre” turn of events, ended up help­ing prose­cu­tors with work in the Spacey case.

Spacey was ac­cused of grop­ing a teenage boy in a Nan­tucket bar dur­ing 2016, but the charges were dropped in July this year when the com­plainant re­fused to tes­tify. Bri­tish po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing six cases of al­leged sex­ual mis­con­duct against the star.

Mr Wil­son, given the job of find­ing le­gal rea­sons to not re­lease court doc­u­ments in the Nan­tucket case to journalist­s, was in court in Jan­uary when Spacey was ar­raigned to en­ter a plea to his charge.

“He was wear­ing a flo­ral col­lared dress shirt and some slacks and dress shoes. He was very com­posed, very blank face, didn’t re­ally give any­thing, just held his com­po­sure,” Mr Wil­son said.

“He said a cou­ple of words but, aside from that, his at­tor­neys did all the work for him. He got guided out by the se­cu­rity guards and all the me­dia went nuts.”

The charges were dropped af­ter Mr Wil­son re­turned to Tas­ma­nia. Mr Wil­son has one year left of his dou­ble de­gree in finance and law be­fore he grad­u­ates.

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