A criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor shares his expertise.
Well look who's skating by without a care in the world! Sam, you lucky dog, you get to avoid jail time because your family is wealthy (I still think you are), and oh-so-beneficiary of good old white privilege. It's amazing how far those three little things can take you in life.
Of course, we can't forget about the presumption of innocence. That pesky little concept, derived from some dusty old amendments to the Constitution, means that even if Sam is guilty of all the crimes he's being charged with (which, let's be real, he probably is), he still gets to enjoy the benefits of the doubt. And let's not forget about the Eighth Amendment's right to bail. Because why should Sam have to suffer the consequences of his actions like the rest of us plebeians?
Don't even get me started on the judge's technological ignorance. I mean, it's not like we're living in the 21st century or anything, right? I tried to use a laptop and some fancy presentation software in court back in the late 1980s, but the judge shut me down faster than you can say "objection!" Today, you could argue it'd be malpractice not to wow your jury with tech.
Let’s be real here, folks. Eventually, Sam's luck is going to run out. He’s every lawyer’s worst nightmare with his interviews and blogs. He’s already shot himself in the big toe. While in other cases it would matter-- and I'm not OK with that, in this case it doesn't matter how white or wealthy or privileged he is - the law is the law. And sooner or later, I believe he's going to have to face the consequences of his actions like everyone else.
Another solid and fun to read issue Molly. Thank you!