To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the letter from Jonna M. Spilbor (“Railroading Ryder,” Sept. 11).
Ms. Spilbor, you are a prime example of why our justice system does not work. Wanting a separate set of laws for celebrities is outrageous. Why do they merit special laws and treatment when they break the law?
If anything, they should be treated with more severity. They already live privileged lives; they have everyone catering to their every need, why in the world do they need to break the law?
There are people who steal out of necessity and they are not cut any slack as you put it, they are not shown any leniency. What in the world is wrong with you? Winona is a thief, she stole and she didn’t have to, she broke the law, and she should be punished.
Here is a person who probably makes more in one month than most people make in a year and she is in a department store stealing, and to top it off, you are condoning it. Well, she should get what every other thief gets; if grand theft merits her going to jail, then so be it. Let the punishment fit the crime. What good is the law if it only applied to the poor and unknown?
Your way of thinking will set us back as a society for sure, special treatment for special people, you only qualify if you have money or if you are a celebrity. This is ludicrous.
The problem here is that the average Joe would not have his charges reduced to a misdemeanor, maybe you should sit in a regular hearing for a non-celebrity.
I would like to commend the District Attorney for having the courage of his convictions and doing what he vowed to do when he took the oath as an attorney to uphold the L-A-W! We have celebrities killing children with their cars, buying drugs on the street and driving drunk, they should suffer the same penalties as everyone else. So what if their crimes were committed in Beverly Hills — why does that matter? The judges who favor them should be removed from the bench.