You may hope that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law, but when it comes to legal justice, there is one group that definitely gets off easier than the rest of us. Celebrities may technically be subject to the same rules as us civilians, but when they break them, the consequences are far less severe. Is it fair? No way. Is it reality? Definitely.
When a famous person gets arrested, they go through the same booking system that everyone else does - thus, the wonderful and public collection of infamous celebrity mugshots. The difference comes in court, where it seems like wealthy stars can commit numerous crimes and still walk away with just a slap on the wrist. Where regular people would face lost licenses, huge fines, and jail time, celebs get rehab, community service, and anger management courses.
Some famous people who’ve committed serious crimes like killing people have either served severely reduced sentences with special privileges or have done no jail time at all. No wonder criminal defense attorneys are expensive; they’re worth it! Here’s a list of celebrities who got off easy for crimes. If only we could all be so lucky!
On Jan 23, 2014, Justin Bieber was arrested by Miami Beach Police for DUI, resisting arrest, and drag racing. But thanks to a sweet plea agreement, he only had to take anger management classes and make a charitable donation. In June 2015, Bieber got in trouble once again. He was found guilty of assault and careless driving in Canada, but was only fined $600 (U.S. dollars) and the assault charge was dismissed. Anybody else would have had their license taken away.
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In 2002, a sex tape surfaced showing singer R. Kelly with an underage girl. He was charged with 14 counts of child pornography, but a jury did not find him guilty. Kelly’s defense team convinced the jury that the girl’s identity was inconclusive even though various prosecution witnesses were able to identify her.
On October 13, 2015, former basketball star Lamar Odom was found unconscious after an alleged drug-fueled binge at Nevada brothel Love Ranch. Odom suffered brain damage and a stroke, but he will not suffer any criminal charges. The local district attorney said Odom, "was not found in the possession of cocaine and it is unlikely it could [be] established beyond a reasonable doubt he actually ingested, or was impaired by, the drug.”
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In 1986, Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil drove drunk and smashed into a car carrying two people. The victims were left with critical injuries and brain damage. Yet Judge Edward Hinz Jr. only sentenced Neil to 30 days in jail. Talk about a miscarriage of justice!