Emmerdale's Ethan makes decision over hate crime case

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Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Ethan Anderson has refused to give up representing a racist in a hate crimes case in Emmerdale.

The lawyer has not been the most popular person in the village ever since he revealed he'd been assigned to represent the racist who attacked Billy Fletcher last month.

Monday's episode picked up with Ethan considering whether it would be for the best if he resigned from the case. It would certainly make his life easier in the village, but could it also derail his career if he turned down a high-profile case?

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Photo credit: ITV

Ethan met with a former colleague, Harry, to explain he was having a crisis of conscience over representing a white client in a hate crimes case.

"Guilty or innocent, the job remains the same: present the facts for their defense and let the jury do the work," Harry reiterated.

His colleague acknowledged the unfairness Black lawyers face – if Ethan were to ask to be taken off this case, he would absolutely be overlooked for the next high-profile case.

Later, Ethan met up with his father Charles, where he acknowledged that nothing would change for the case if he stepped down.

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Photo credit: ITV

"Sounds like you made your decision. So, you need to make your peace with that," Charles told him.

Ethan didn't look as if he'd made anything resembling peace, but he'd be staying on the case. Can Ethan make his peace with such a weighty decision?

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

Read more Emmerdale spoilers on our dedicated homepage

If you've been affected by racism and racist hate crime, then organisations including the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS), the Monitoring Group, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) and Stop Hate UK are among those which can offer help and support.

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