Over the past weekend, Harris Smith…err, Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg. The wound was non-life threatening, and Burress was able to walk today…right into the New York Police Department’s 17th Precinct.
Its not that he accidentally shot himself, its not that he went to the hospital and was treated under the alias ‘Harris Smith’, and its not that he will most likely be tried on possession of a unlicensed hand gun. What I am more concerned about is how will Burress be treated when his day in court comes? Earlier today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out publicly and said that Burress will have no preferential treatment and will prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is before his lawyer, who got Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs off of a similar charge, starts his case.
This brings us back to the age old question: do you have an easier time just because you have a talent that separates you from everyone else?
What would not make us lead to believe that somehow some way that Burress’ lawyer will twist the story so much that Burress might only end up with either a minimal sentence or probation? We have seen celebrities and sports stars get away pretty much scot-free for heinous crimes. It was only a couple of years ago when Dallas Cowboys’ cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones and his entourage left a man paralyzed after a melee’ broke out in a Las Vegas night club. A couple of years later, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones is still in the NFL.
It is looking more and more likely that Burress will most likely be facing prison time. Whether it is anywhere near as close as the minimum 3 1/2 year sentence that his mandated for the crime. Either way this case will provide adequate proof of whether or not justice is served for all, or just for those who do not have enough money to avoid it.