Saturday, November 13, 2010

Justice For All - Except The Poor

Justice For All - Except The Poor

Let them rot in fucking jail, those fucking dead beat bums! If there was any more proof that we live in a society where it matters what you do and how much you make, this would be it.
Alleged hit-and-run driver may not face felmony charges because it could jeopardize his job, prosecutors said Thursday.

Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, faces two misdemeanor traffic charges stemming from a July 3 incident when he allegedly hit bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo from behind then sped away, according to court documents.

Erzinger, an Arrowhead homeowner, is a director in private wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Denver. His biography on states that Erzinger is “dedicated to ultra high net worth individuals, their families and foundations...”

Milo suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and damage to his knee and scapula, according to court documents. Over the past six weeks he has suffered “disabling” spinal headaches and faces multiple surgeries for a herniated disc and plastic surgery to fix the scars he suffered in the accident.

“He will have lifetime pain,” Haddon wrote. “His ability to deal with the physical challenges of his profession — liver transplant surgery — has been seriously jeopardized.”

“Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession, and that entered into it,” Hurlbert said. “When you're talking about restitution, you don't want to take away his ability to pay.”

“We have talked with Mr. Haddon and we had their objections, but ultimately it's our call,” Hurlbert said.
See, this is what I don't get - I would think that a felony conviction would jeopardize anyone's job, and yet here we are..

You have to admit that it's pretty hilarious how transparently broken the justice system has become in bowing down to the mighty power of the rich and their wallets. They're not even trying anymore to cover it up and not pulling the punches that they're landing to the guts of everyone outside of a gated community.

This whole system is pretty much fucked and it's been fucked from the get go. There is no longer a pursuit for an American dream. It's a pursuit for the simple goal to get rich. For it is only when you have all the money that you can be above the law and barring any heinous crimes which offend societal conscience, say a sex scandal, you're pretty much untouchable.

Some would see no problem with this. As long as you're able to pay the fine and be done with it, they feel like the prison system is over crowded as it is and this country does have a lot of debt. So the real debt to society should be just taking over the bill of committing the crime.

But then the problem comes up in that, what if you're not capable of paying off the damages that resulted from your crimes? What you're doing is giving an option of keeping your rap sheet clear by throwing money at the problem.

I bet that rather than stopping and calling 911, the good Doctor fled the scene and called the Mercedes auto assistance service through his on-board blue tooth system so that he can get help with his broken side mirror. You can't let those things go unattained for too long now.

This whole mess does at least show that capitalism does work. Even though we should just move past felonies and give this guy the death penalty. But I would just like to be clear, it's on the basis of his profession and has nothing to do with his driving record.

In the even that you missed this part of the article, here it is again....
Prosecutors pleaded the case down to a misdemeanor later in the summer, then in August told Milo and his attorneys that Erzinger would face a felony charge, Haddon wrote.

But on Sept. 7, Brostrom told County Court Judge Katharine Sullivan that the case would be pleaded as a misdemeanor. That's the first time Milo or his attorneys had heard of it, Haddon wrote, and they protested “in the strongest possible terms,” Haddon wrote.
Can you believe that shit? The prosecutors plead it down to a misdemeanor, but told the dude who got crippling pain from this that it would still be a felony. What the fuck is wrong with our society? We should just kill the rich, seize their assets for equitable redistribution and fucking grind their corpses into slop for the local pig farmers.

Yeah, the dude could always go to civil court and easily win, but that's not the point here. It's not really the victim's medical bills that are the issue at hand, it's the fact that the driver, even if he pays the same amount of money and serves the same amount of jail time that he would have under the felony charge, is getting off easier simply because of his class. Nothing else is factored there and it's not a justice system that is not only blind, but that is also getting ass fucked by those upper crust fuckers.

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