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Are NFL Players Treated Differently by Our Legal System?

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By Reader Poll  |  June 8, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Plaxico Burress , Reader Poll Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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NFL players are treated no differently within the scope of the American legal system, which is to say that the American form of jurisprudence tends to favor the wealthy. The better the lawyer one can afford to hire, the more likely one is to receive a not guilty verdict or a greatly reduced sentence. The people who really get the wrong end of the legal system are those who have to enlist the services of a public defender.

Posted by: bigboid | June 8, 2009 10:31 AM

NFL players and professional athletes in general are financially able to retain the services of good counsel. Hence, there is a different level of justice for the pros. After all, how many professional athletes in trouble with the law have been able to reschedule sentencing hearings so they could finish the playing season. Try doing that if you are a plumber or schoolteacher. Like it or not, there is a double standard in the nation's legal system: one benefits the wealthy and celebrities; the other offers no hope of fairness for the socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Posted by: Calexico | June 9, 2009 11:06 AM

Its popular to think that pro athletes get special treatment, but they don't. They may benefit from being able to obtain better legal council than most of us, but that is no different than other affluent members of our society. The fact that they are athletes has no real bearing.

Posted by: vze3c9qt | June 9, 2009 12:30 PM

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