As expected, Raymond Scott (the Rod Blagojevich of book thieves?) had a little something to say about the charges officially filed against him yesterday, and his choice of fashion accessories tells us a little something about him as well. Scott arrived and departed from court in a 45-foot stretch Hummer, and was seen holding a Cuban cigar and dressed in a fur coat, floral shirt and alligator-skin shoes. The Sun has pictures (and a pretty punny headline). The scene was arranged by the publishing company which has contracted to create a book based around Scott's exploits, the Northern Echo reports (with video).
After his court hearing, Scott told the press "In the words of John McEnroe, they cannot be serious," and said that he would plead "very much not guilty" when he goes to court again on 10 February. He then opened a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, saying "I intend to open this anyway, because it’s a celebration that I will clear my name." He was told reporters that if he were to be jailed, he would seek a job in the prison library.