Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beatty Has My Sympathy





If you think sexism doesn't exist in our country, the Detroit text messaging scandal is a perfect example of a definite double standard. Yes Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick has resigned his position and accepted pretty harsh penalties, but his former Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty just can't seem to catch a break. It must be noted that Beatty resigned her position months ago, instead of taking the city of Detroit through daily chaos, which Kilpatrick chose to do until he was essentially forced to resign.

I wrote yesterday, that Beatty has nothing to lose by going to trial for the charges that she's facing. That's not true, as she potentially faces 15 years in jail if convicted on all charges. The chances of that happening are pretty slim. Beatty, however, is a divorced mother of two, and faces a pretty dire future even by accepting the plea deal that would carry with it 2 felony charges. Beatty is obviously culpable regarding her actions, and appears willing to accept reasonable penalties. I just hope the prosecutors of Detroit will give her a break, and come up with a settlement offer that will allow her to move on with her life once her jail time has been served.

I guarantee you that her transition back into mainstream society will be much more difficult than Mr. Kilpatrick's.

2 comments:

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

W
O
W

he was foul, but it takes 2 to tango

SjP said...

Sympathy? Interesting... She should have taken the deal.