Unpunished crimes

Camyle Cryderman Managing Editor camyle.cryderman@apps.schoolcraft.edu
Camyle Cryderman
Managing Editor
[email protected]

Fame and fortune buying freedom is unacceptable
In this ever-changing age of digital media, one aspect that seems to unite us all is celebrities. Their faces are plastered all over the Internet, television and print media, and everyone has an opinion about them. These people are constantly in the limelight, and any news of a celebrity committing a crime is widely broadcasted. However, unlike everyday people in our society, they all seem to evade legal punishment. This lack of legal action taken and followed through with against celebrities is appalling, and until they are treated as legal equals to the rest of society, it is unacceptable.
Simply because someone is rich and famous does not mean they should get a free pass from the law. The government is not a buy-out, and whether or not someone is faced with punishment should not be up for sale. If the average person were to commit the same crime that an affluent celebrity committed, the punishments would certainly not be equal. The celeb would be reprimanded, and possibly do a few community service hours, but since most Americans are unable to bribe lawmakers with thousands of dollars, a regular civilian would sit in jail. This treatment is unfair to the rest of society, and frankly, is unlawful.
In 2007 Khloe Kardashian, a member of the family with a whopping $300 million net worth was arrested for drunk driving and charged with a DUI. After sentencing, she was let go after less than three hours and served with no other punishment. While there is no record that a payment was made to bend the law, there is no other reasonable explanation for this unjust leniency. Fame and wealth allowed her to get off scot-free. According to drivinglaws. org, everyday people could have served up to a year in jail along with fines and probation. Not to mention that according to the same site, California, where Kardashian was arrested, has a minimum 48-hour jail time for DUIs, which she did not serve. So no, I nor the average American can keep up with the Kardashians.
Now, imagine being in possession of illegal drugs when police come over and ask to perform a search. Think of the fear that would build while waiting to see how harsh the punishment would be. But wait, there is something that can be done to stop it— bribery! Just ask Matthew McConaughey. During his sentencing in 1999 for possession of illegal drugs, not stated of what sort, and resisting arrest, I am sure he was not feeling that much pressure; just an easy $50 fine to be paid and he was a clean man once again. The average person would have to pay a larger fine and serve some form of probation, or community service for the drug charge alone , which McConaughey obviously did not serve. This form of favoritism is unacceptable, and simply having the status of being rich should never give one more rights.
In America today, fame and fortune should not have as big of an impact as they do. Celebrities should have to follow the same laws as those around them and deserve the same consequences. Bribery and favoritism in the legal system need to be an enforced crime and should not be overlooked. Americans deserve equal rights regardless of who we are and are given that under the constitution. Sentencing should be evaluated equally for all individuals who commit an illegal act, and regardless of who one is, the punishment needs to fit the crime.