posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 11:03 PM
Y'all need to make distinctions between various crimes, instead of just calling someone a "criminal." ANY experienced prosecutor or defense attorney,
and any non-alcoholic cop (if you can find one), will tell you that alcohol is a zillion times more likely to produce violent behavior than pot. It's
involved in 50% of all homicides, 55% of all road fatalities, 70% of all suicides, and 80% of all domestic violence. So these guys who get popped for
possession of pot are really no big deal. And I haven't smoked in well over a decade, so that's not me protecting my stoner turf, lol.
BUT.... Vick's felonious stomping on the guy's knee or ankle? Or Phillips' running the car into those three guys after the pickup football game,
which has been charged as three attempted premeditated, deliberate murders, and might get plea bargained down to 3 assaults with deadly weapons
(hopefully with consecutive sentences)? Or Clarett's alleged three armed robberies? Or a whole ton of these guy's other alleged crimes?
I'm a true blue defense attorney, both by nature and by profession, but if these guys plead guilty to those crimes OR allocute to those acts OR are
convicted by juries--to say nothing of the sh*t Lewis stepped in the middle of, and especially to say nothing of what Carruth got nailed for--WHAT THE
HELL IS GOING ON?
The effects of drugs? I doubt it. The worst drug out there, in terms of likelihood of inducing very deadly, violent behavior, is not a subject of
reasonable debate: It's methamphetamine, known on the streets as "crank." I could tell y'all LOTS about how it works on the human brain and why it's
so terrible. But it's a drug generally used by poor white trash, and certainly NOT by zillionaire athletes of whatever race.
Heroin and other central nervous system depressants DO NOT cause that kind of behavior, though the ABSENCE of those drugs, to a junkie, can cause such
behavior. But the stars we're talking about can have whatever drugs they want, when they want them. Crack coc aine is another story. Contrary
to the PC propaganda we've all heard, it's a LOT worse in its effects on users' psyches and behavior than powder coke--and I got that STRAIGHT FROM
MANY USERS WHO'D DONE LOTS OF BOTH powder AND crack versions.
But again, these guys get all they want, at least once they're in the pros. So w.t.f. is it with all the PRO players who are getting in all these
troubles? It most certainly is NOT that they can't afford their habits or make connections, and it just as certainly has nothing to do with the
various players' races, because lots of white players have gone down the same sump.
Wanna know what your friendly local criminal lawyer thinks?
I think these kids/thugs are getting the message--on far too regular a basis, and from far too young an age--that their @sses will be covered for
almost anything, because of their great skills.
As I've probably mentioned here before, prior to going to law school, I ran a poker game in the back of a barroom. It was about 50 feet from the town
police department. Now, I'm NOT a snitch by nature--in fact, I'm light years from it--but there are some things I think should be reported. I know
how bad a drug coke is, even in powder form, and it destroyed the promising future of one of my best friends. So, back in the early 80's, when coke
was more popular in the U.S. than pot, I told a police lieutenant who almost all the major coke dealers in town were, with the understanding all my
info was hearsay and I would not testify. Using my info, he put all but one of them in prison and out of biz.
Another time, one of my card players wanted to sell me a shotgun which was sawed off down to the stock. It was a single-round shotgun, but it could
have taken out a lot of people, especially if the p.o.'ed drunk wielding it could reload quickly. I asked the Lieutenant if I could have the $35 the
guy wanted, to buy the shotgun, then surrender it for destruction. Doug said, "No, if we pay for it, we gotta investigate." So by prearrangement
with Doug, who was the then-commander of the graveyard shift, I bought the thing with my own money and walked it next door to the station, where Doug
Years later, Doug told me I was the best C.R.I. he had ever heard of. A "C.R.I." is a Confidential Reliable Informant, whereas a "C.I." is a
Confidential Informant. The latter is a garden variety snitch who gives people up to work off his/her own cases. A C.R.I. is a good citizen who
selectively reports things to the police to help stop certain types of crimes--e.g., like a drunk's shooting 5 or 10 people in a bar with a no-barrel
Years later, Doug told me, "You were the gold standard for C.R.I.'s. On my shift, you could have gotten away with anything but a homicide." Gee, how
nice to know I could have committed armed robberies, sexual assaults, other brutal attacks, etc....
Anyway, my point is that without ever having done any of that stuff to earn the good graces of the police and stop a load of crimes, possibly
including homicides, these guys seem to think they, too, can get away with "anything but a homicide." And it's NOT because they've ever lifted a
finger to try and make their town safer, prevent a major act of violence, put a stop to large-scale distribution of a BAD drug (trust me) like coke,
No, it's because they can pass a football, catch it, or run with it, thereby swelling the school's athletic coffers. AND EVERYWHERE THEY'VE BEEN
SINCE THEY CAME TO COLLEGE AND/OR THE N.F.L., EVERYONE HAS REINFORCED THE NOTION THEY ARE KING AND CAN HAVE WHAT THEY WANT, DO WHAT THEY WANT AND GET
AWAY WITH WHAT THEY WANT, with nothing more than a tongue-lashing or a few nights in jail or work camp as penance, no matter how egregious their
Yesterday, I was like Toejam and ready to declare myself a huge fan of Va Tech. Now it seems Vick should have been expelled quite a bit sooner. But
I still admire them--a lot--for dumping him unconditionally when they did. My guess? His third year in the N.F.L. will not happen. I do not think
he'll go down as hard as I think Clarett will go down, and I do not think ANY sports figure will go down as hard as Lawrence Phillips, because I think
they will charge him with 3 attempted premeditated murders for that post-game alleged attempt to run down those kids.
If it happened as it's being alleged, those were three attempted premeditated murders, and as I said elsewhere, under California law, that's 21 years
to life, as in, 21 years and THEN you can beg three ex-cops for parole. Good luck, Lawrence, you puke.
Here's my bottom line: As for whichever ones turn out to be guilty as charged, they had everything HANDED to them, and now I hope they get their
heads handed to them. What the hell were they thinking?
But our twisted sports society has to take some of the heat, too. Schools teach these CHILDREN and VERY YOUNG ADULTS that they are gods and that
their @sses are covered no matter what, and then look the other way time after time after time after time.
With a decent person, it wouldn't matter. Like when "Lieutenant Doug" told me I could have gotten away with anything but homicide. So what? Think
I'm going to commit a brutal home-invasion robbery, just because I can? Not exactly. Would any of you? Of course not! But if you are a sociopath,
devoid of any sense of right or wrong, and devoid of any feelings for what your words and actions do to those around you, especially victims....
Well, I can see where you'd want to take that kind of license and RUN WITH IT.
Obviously, a bunch of them did exactly that.