Is there justice in status and celebrity?

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    In my county there are two cases that are in the courts that are very
    troubling.

    One has to do with an elected property appraiser who was the recipient
    of a piece of marginal property in a remote subdivision. In the
    following years, the property surrounding the appraisers property was
    built on to about 99% build out. The property came to him from a
    developer who held the mortgage, transfered the deed and then forgave
    the mortgage. The developer and the appraiser were friends ever
    after.

    The property in question sits astride a creek that is flood prone and
    is covered in rank growth of trees and under story plants that are to
    be found in such areas. A good part of the creek runs through various
    easements, dedicated parks land and highway ditches that are
    maintained for drainage by three different government entities. The
    property in question has sat undisturbed for 20 years or more. It is
    the only piece of private property that abuts or sits astride the
    creek.

    The property has alway been taxed at a minimal value because it was
    just not the kind of ground over which a conventional house could be
    built. It is part of a drainage system and is subject to broad
    flooding four or five times a year in non-hurricane years and more
    often in hurricane years. A couple of years ago the entire ditching
    and draining watershed was cleared within the confines of the creek
    bottom and its immediate banks. The property owned by the appraiser
    was included by error but without intent of harm to the owner.

    The appraiser owner discovered the work and then sued the county for
    its otherwise innocent intrusion for the general good of the
    neighborhood. The property had been on the tax rolls for bottom of
    the barrel taxation that the appraiser had assisted in by being the
    one who had made the appraisal on his "gift land" from a developer.
    When he discovered the work and sued he valued his land for purposes
    of the suit at 10 times the long standing appraisal that he had
    himself put on it. He enlisted the aid of the county attorney and
    the chief executive of the administrative body that is the action arm
    of the county commission. As a result they are found complicit in a
    scheme of criminal intent and are dismissed. The appraiser is an
    elected official and so he stays on.

    The appraiser has, however, just announced that he will not seek re-
    election and will go into retirement with his $80K a year county
    pension intact and he will be allowed to keep the money that he got
    from the county for the property. His defenders say that all his
    intentions, actions and outcomes are just good business for him as an
    individual. The fired attorney and the administrative executive got
    what they deserved for their complicity in anything that might not be
    "just exactly right".

    The background of the story is here.

    Something is way out of kilter in my estimation. What do you think
    without giving into "yes, but" or reading into the narrative some
    assumption of your own.

    Two. In my county a 17 year old son of a low brow entertainment
    celebrity crashed his car on a downtown city street. Witnesses say
    that his rate of speed and maneuvering in traffic was such as that
    seen in street racing You-Tube Videos. There was another racer
    involved. He was driving a vehicle owned personally by the celebrity
    father of the young driver. When the young driver crashed his car
    into a tree, the other driver fled and did not return to the scene for
    many minutes. Shortly after, the celebrity himself appeared on the
    scene and began a blustery display of "in-chargeness" until his act
    was countered by law enforcement. The young driver of the crashed
    car has a long history of driving infractions dating from the day he
    was awarded a learner's permit. He was wearing a seat belt. His
    passenger was not. The passenger was a near twenty year old military
    man just returned from his second tour in Iraq. He still had time to
    serve on his initial enlistment and had made his intentions known that
    he would make the military his career. He is now in a near vegetative
    state and displays minimal response to those around him. His military
    life is over. His divorced parents are fighting over his estate and
    care. The lawyers for the 17 year old driver are laying blame for
    injury on the young soldier for not wearing a seatbelt.

    The background of the story is here.

    In both cases it is clear to me who benefited from status and
    celebrity.

    Am I missing something?

    I AM
     
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    Are you missing something? Sadly no. It's as it ever was. Celebrity and status always trumps good and right. Everywhere.
     
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    I thought I would get more "yes buts" from the usual suspects but, NO, as yet.

    I am going to post another called "No fan of law enforcement"

    I AM
     
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    Possessors of status and celebrity also tend to close to the centres of power where they can take advantage of their ability to influence outcomes. Most folks are in the boonies when it comes to power, just another manifestation of how things are.
     
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    The purveyors of fame and status flaunt their crimes and subsequent judgements and their equally as guilty fans bow at their feet for their flatulence of the system.
     

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