Harvey Weinstein's "life ruined", his lawyer complains

Whomp whomp…

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Cool. I always enjoy a happy ending.

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So sad! Here, I’ll play a sad song.

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Does anyone else read this as an epic failure of both empathy and imagination? Narcissism?

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Three strikes law are stupid and disproportionate in themselves, but I’m wary of any article that intermixes that calls a robbery stealing, especially when the verdict was “first degree robbery”.

Edit: apparently no one was injured, so a weapon must’ve been involved. Since he’s black, this might’ve been a pencil, I guess, in the eyes of the jury.

Edit 2: robbery with brandished knife. Looks like a deadly weapon to me.

(Still not worth even a decade in prison, of course, but Americans seem to like stuff like that)

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So, like… he never gets to rape anyone again?

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Shut up and take the blue pill, Harvey. /s

How a man with more money and privilege than most anybody in the US has never understood that “ruined” for most people is a negative outcome rather than a reset to zero, really irks me.

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Seriously, they are always hiring for the night shift at the 7/11. Weinstein’s got options.

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and this is a problem because…why, exactly?

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Or pull a Polanski and flee the country.

That’s what happens when you do crimes.

Pro tip: Don’t do crimes.

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Oh, boo-rapey-hoo.

Go. To. Jail.

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here’s a rundown of alabama sentence guidelines-- first degree robbery is defined in Alabama as a Class A Felony.

Every felony offense in Alabama is punishable by at least one year and one day in a state prison. Depending on the circumstances of the crime and its severity level, a felony conviction can result in a wide range of sentences.

  • Class A. No less than 10 years and no more than life or 99 years.
  • Class B. No less than two years and no more than 20 years.
  • Class C. No less than one year and one day and no more than 10 years.

So even without the “habitual offender” law, he would have been punished harshly.

https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminal-defense/felony-offense/alabama-felony-class.htm

Are the guidelines appropriate? Possibly not. Here’s the California law on robbery.

https://www.shouselaw.com/robbery.html

California robbery under Penal Code 211 PC carries felony penalties. The precise consequences of a robbery conviction depend on whether you commit robbery of the first degree or of the second degree.3
A California robbery is considered robbery of the first degree if it is a
robbery of any driver or passenger on a bus, taxi, streetcar, subway, cable car, etc.,
robbery that takes place in an inhabited structure, or
robbery of any person who has just used an ATM and is still in the vicinity of the ATM.4
First-degree robbery leads to a California state prison sentence of between three (3) and nine (9) years.5

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When Mr. Weinstein makes his funeral arrangements, he would be well-advised to arrange for an unmarked grave.

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That’s outrageously low, but isn’t that exactly what an attorney’s job is about? Painting you in the most sympathetic light imaginable?

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A lawyer’s job is to make the best possible arguments as strongly as possible for their client.

We should all be quite pleased that this is the best defence that they can come up with.

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