Friday, April 13, 2007

I wrote yesterday that I dislike defense attorneys who game the system on behalf of their client. In 'Steve World', we'd seek 'justice', where those who commit crimes are found guilty and serve the appropriate prison time and the innocent are found innocent (and not merely 'not guilty') and are reimbursed for the damage done to their wallet and reputations.

I just hate that someone can commit a crime and get off on a so-called 'technicality'. Even worse, I hate that someone can get off on a technicality and still have the chutzpah to claim vindication.

Example: former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien, who was forced out after evidence surfaced that he had 'lent' $6,000 to a prospect. A later NCAA investigation determined that 7 violations had taken place while O'Brien was coach.

Well, a few of the charges relating to the payments to the prospect were just dropped because the NCAA enforcement staff missed by two days a deadline for notifying Ohio State of the charges back in 2005.

And how does O'Brien react? By calling this a 'victory'. And probably, although I'm only guessing, high-fiving his attorney for using the technicality to get the charges dropped.

Just wonderful. Just friggin wonderful.

Missing a deadline by two days is what we on the playground call 'no harm, no foul'. O'Brien wasn't harmed by the missed deadline. The NCAA's missing of the deadline affected not in the least his ability to mount a defense against the charges (which, by the way, he hasn't done, he has only minimized the severity of them).

If I had my druthers, I would have let the proceedings continue... and jerks like O'Brien would consider themselves lucky if they found a job coaching rec league basketball.

Ah, such is what happens when the rest of the country doesn't want to elect you king and let you have things your way....