To the Editor:
Why is Winona Ryder’s case taking so long to resolve? Two words: Vindictive prosecution.
As an attorney, I’ve represented countless accused shoplifters in Southern California.
None was famous. None, therefore, got sentenced to jail.
From what I have read and observed, Winona’s case is much different from the rest of the free world’s. When “non-Winonas” appear in court for arraignment, the case has most likely already been dropped from felony status to misdemeanor status.
Winona, in contrast, has been completely overcharged. Among other things, the D.A.’s office has charged her with grand theft, a felony. Unfortunately, it can get away with that, but only because the amount of the alleged theft exceeds $400.
I say cut Winona some slack! Her alleged crime took place in a Beverly Hills department store … do you think anything there has a price tag under $400? Unlikely. What she is accused of doing is no different than that of an average 19-year-old high school dropout who really wanted that pair of eighty-dollar Nikes from Wal-Mart.
So Mr. D.A., do you really think putting Winnie behind bars is going to make the city safer? It’s not like she beat the shins of fellow patrons with hangers to get to the top of the “sale” rack. If you are going to throw the book at every celebrity who steps foot in your courthouse simply because they are who they are, you don’t belong in Beverly Hills.