Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Brief And Obvious Point About Tony Stewart

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Driving into someone with any kind of intention is assault.

Regardless of context.

Assault that leads to injury is a criminal offense. And assault that leads to death is homicide.

Regardless of context.

People who appear to have committed homicide, whether or not they are famous, whether or not they are wealthy, whether or not they express remorse or have a good PR staff, and whether or not they have done good works in charity or anything else...

May escape incarceration in our remarkably inequitable system of justice.

But they will not, and can not, escape public scorn, shame, commercial leper status, and all of the other ways that justice is now dispensed, in an era where athletes need to be liked, along with successful.

I have no idea if Stewart will be charged or exonerated.

(I do know that if you willingly watch the video of the last few seconds of a man's life, knowing what you are going to watch in advance, and you don't have to for work or as a part of a jury situation, there may be something wrong with you. Or will be later.)

But I do know that his career is effectively over, and like OJ Simpson before him, it's only a matter of time before he finds himself in a jail cell.

It's not justice.

It's just what happens.

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