He even went so far as to legally adopt his girlfriend, so he could transfer his wealth to her and avoid attachment in a Civil suit. Boy, if any Lawyers are going to hell, his surely are. How sick do you have to be, before you start thinking up stuff like this?
Yes, we live in a class society in the United States. And the wealthy, it seems, do get away with a lot. In a recent trial in Texas, a young man was given probation for killing people in another DUI accident. His defense (affluenza) was basically that he was a spoiled brat who couldn't help himself. And the judge bought it. I wonder how much it cost to buy the judge?
The weird thing is, there are those on the Right who claim that this "class warfare" stuff is all a bunch of nonsense - that the rich are being demonized unfairly, by the far Left. They claim that the poor are just jealous of the well-earned success of the very rich, and that the rich came about their wealth - every last one of them - by legitimate means, and were not helped along the way through government connections and the use of wealth to influence government officials in their favor.
But you would have to be pretty naive to think that someone who, for example, made a fortune in the telcon, wireless, or cable industries, did so by the pulling himself up by his bootstraps. I have been involved in all three, and I can tell you, there is a seamy underside and history to these industries (particularly cable) where influence peddling is the name of the game.
I recall one wealthy Texan who approached us with a new invention for a two-way paging system (a precursor to texting). We wrote the Patent Application on the eve of the 1992 election. When Bill Clinton won, he told us to pull the plug on the whole project. "Hell, I don't know any Democrats!" he said, "How am I going to get FCC licenses with a Goddam Democrat in the White House?"
It seems his business case depended more on political connections than the actual technology involved. act shocked.
And the behavior of the very rich hasn't helped any, either. One jackass compared his sheltered and pampered life to that of the Jews under Hitler. He quickly retracted that asinine comment, but doubled-down his bet by bragging he bought Rolex watches "by the six-pack". Here's a clue, Dude: when it comes to the debate on class warfare, you ain't helping.
Will our system ever change? I doubt it. I was raised at the edges of the privileged class. My parents came from humble backgrounds (e.g., one or two generations removed from white trash) and as "strivers" they were allowed into the Country Club, but never really accepted by the old money or the very rich.
And yea, rich kids get treated differently than the poor. Even upper-middle-class kids, like we were, get treated differently. My brother was once arrested for DUI and some pretty major drug possession. Thanks to some expensive lawyers, not only was he not sent to jail, he had his record expunged when he turned 18. A kid from the ghetto would have ended up in jail, or at least a youth home.
And there is the problem, right there. The middle class and upper-middle-class certainly don't want to see their minor perks eliminated, if we truly went to a class-blind society or justice system. When your 17-year-old gets busted for drugs, do you want him to get the same prison sentence as some poor kid? Of course not - you'd pay in blood to keep him out - most parents would.
As a middle-class person, are you willing to give up what little perks you have? Probably not. Which is why they say the middle class does more to keep the very poor down, than the very rich do. The super-rich really don't give a rat's ass about the welfare state - after all, they can afford tax havens. Mitt Romney pays 15% long-term capital gains rates. But the struggling striver making $100,000 a year in ordinary income, he'll kick a homeless person in the teeth, if he thinks it will advance him one more step up the economic ladder - and allow him to desperately cling to his middle-class status.
But maybe the great Karmic wheel does spin around. O.J. is in jail now - on different charges, of course - and it will be a while before he gets out. And maybe this Goodman guy will be convicted a second time - this time with a jury with no jackalopes on it (the juror in the first trial is, ironically, facing jail time). Maybe our system isn't so bad, after all.