The end of celebrity justice
It wasn’t so long ago that being moderately famous seemed, quite literally, like a license to get away with murder. Remember the first OJ Simpson trial? Michael Jackson’s acquittal? Recall how major stars, with their expensive lawyers and commanding stage presence used to run rings round star-struck jurors?
Well things are certainly different now. A few years back, Martha Stewart did time for a minor offence. Then Paris Hilton followed in her dainty footsteps. After that, the trickle turned to a flood. OJ and Phil Spector may now very well be in jail for the rest of their natural lives. And earlier this week, Lindsay Lohan, above, became the latest addition to the ranks of Hollywood jailbirds when she was sentenced to 90 days for violating her parole agreements following a brace of drink-driving convictions.
Whichever way you look at things, this particular spell in chokey does seem stiff. Ms Lohan’s various transgressions were moronic in the extreme, but she is currently a danger to no-one but herself, and imprisoning her for three months will achieve little except drain money from already-bankrupt State of California’s criminally-overcrowded prison system.
In fact, read through the various transcripts of her recent court appearances, and it’s difficult to see the purpose (apart from wrecking a once-promising career) of the weird ankle braclelets and the “alcohol education classes” that LA judge Marsha Revel has so smugly forced la Lohan to attend for most of the past year.
We all know that the public looks at its celebrities through cynical eyes these days. And we also know that throwing the book at a famous person is a very easy way for a showboating judge to strike a chord with that sentiment while also generating cheap publicity. But is it too much to ask for the court system of the most litigous nation on earth to treat everyone equally, regardless of their Hollywood status?Tagged in: lindsay lohan, marsha revel, Martha Stewart, michael jackson, OJ, Paris Hilton, Phil Spector, prison
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