Friday, March 27, 2009

Judicial Hypocrisy: More of the Same

It's really sad that I've become jaded to the judicial hypocrisy we see nowadays.

If you're... Rich or Famous you don't have to abide by the law because you can afford the extremely high priced lawyer fees (and probably bribes, I'm just saying, it must take more than a good lawyer to get off with treatment this good) to get you off the hook with no serious consequences.

Cases in point:
  • The slew of Obama appointees that have committed tax evasion. The End Result: They get no jail time, no fines, no penalties, and just have to pay what they owe.
  • The all too familiar case of O.J. Simpson. His overpriced law team was said to have bankrupted him. The End Result: O.J. Simpson gets off scott-free and writes a book titled "If I Did It: Confessions of a Killer" to capitalize on his capital offense.
  • The Paris Hiltons, Nicole Richies, and other vapid celebrities that have all been convicted of drug and DUI offenses. The End Result: All get rather tame slaps on the wrist and often end up serving minimal sentences and fines.
  • The latest Rapper T.I. who was convicted of trying to buy illegal unregistered machine guns and sound suppressor by an undercover ATF agent, A FEDERAL OFFENSE. Maximum sentence 10 years and $250,000 fine per charge. The End Result: The judge gives him a light tap on the wrist with a 1 year jail sentence; $100,000 fine; agrees to credit him for 305 days served under house arrest and agrees that T.I. needs to serve 60 more days.
It's this last case in point which really ticks me off though. Shouldn't we hold those in the public sphere to a higher standard, not a lower one?

After all, which sends a better message to the youth and 'commoners' of America... knowing that if you are rich and famous you can get off with little or no consequences or if you're rich and famous you'll be held to the same standard as everyone else?

Rapper T.I. (admittedly I had never heard of him until now) is a convicted felon. As a result, he cannot even own, purchase, or possess a gun. Not a hunting shotgun, not a super scary 'Military Assault Rifle', not a handgun or revolver, and certainly not a registered machine gun or silencer (let alone highly illegal unregistered ones). Are we that naive to think that this is anything other than class favoritism?

Seriously, if some poor (I mean literally) gang banger had tried to purchase the machine guns that T.I. did do you think that he would've gotten a 1 year sentence and would be credited 305 days for house arrest on a FEDERAL OFFENSE?

Contrast the treatment of Clifford Harris Jr. (Rapper T.I.) with the treatment of David Olofson. David Olofson (Video About it on Lou Dobbs) was convicted of 'knowingly illegally transfering a machine gun' when he lent a malfunctioning AR-15 to his neighbor (which is not illegal in and of itself). He was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in the Federal Penitentiary.

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