Student or Learner
In episode 1 of the British Tv series "Silk",Clive,a barrister, is showing off to the other people now present in the chamber .The following is a part of the conversation between him and them.
- So I'm 35 years old I'm a date rapist. Spike drinks back to my hotel room she's comatosed in I pop.I've lost my marriage I lose my job because not only am I a rapist but I'm also a police officer.So what do you think?What do I get?
- Eight?(another barrister)
- On a fight.
- Ten? (the same another barrister)
So what does " on a fight " mean here?Any help will be much appreciated.Thank you all again.
I think the rapist is asking the question: What is the likely length of my prison sentence? Eight years?
The reply 'On a fight' I believe means: Only unless you have a good lawyer who will fight on your behalf to minimise your sentence.
In other words, if the lawyer works very hard to persuade the judge and jury that you are contrite, full of remorse etc and do not deserve to spend ten years in jail.
Uncle M - not a teacher.
Thank you all.
It's here if anyone else wants to listen: BBC iPlayer - Silk: Episode 1 (I don't know how long it will stay there though).
When Clive says 'I'm a rapist' he doesn't mean that he is; he's identifying with his client. As you say, he's showing off. He managed to get his client off with only four years, but before he says that he wants to get his audience to expect more. The first guess is eight years, which is already twice as long. But he wants them to guess even higher.
His rising intonation - well spotted - suggests that he's saying 'Do you really think he'd get off that lightly?' (The question remains 'Which fight?'. I can only assume that the date-rape was aggravated by some other violent act.)