If you have followed the many dozens of similar cases down throught the years you will have seen a common thread to all of them and the Mr E case is following the book. The similar case that I refer to has nothing to do with alledged crime. The similarity is as follows;
Wealthy defendant involved in an alledeged crime.
Prosecutors office sees public value that it can not ignore the wealthy but also sees great political gain in prosecuting to maximum possible.
Prosecutors spend public moneys to the max.
Defendant wants to protect honor and rights at any cost. Also the more time spent defending the longer the status quo remains. And the staus quo also protects daily income.
Prosecutor and defendant throw money bombs at each other which is all good publicity to prosecutor and holds status quo for defendant.
Money spent mens little to either party and money bombs all use up time. Prosecutor using public funds and defendant spending pocket change.
Pressure builds and both parties enter into interminable plea bargaining talks behind the scenes. Prosecutor wants to see a max guilty action and defendant wants something that keeps honor at the lowest lifetime affect on wealth.
More money bombs are thrown each way.
After years and months when most immediate value to both parties is dissapated, and everyone is tired of the game that they can not win on their terms, an accomodation is enterred into. Often nobody wins and sometimes there is a slap on the wrist penalty agreed to
This thread can probably dredge up 3 or 4 dozen cases that follow this scenario without breaking into a sweat.