Friday, July 9, 2010

Lindsay Lohan: Future Sentencing Nerd?

Lindsay Lohan is steamin' mad about her 90-day jail sentence for violating parole conditions of her previous convictions for DUI.  How mad is she, you ask?

So mad, she's resorted to Tweeting excerpts of FAMM friend Erik Luna's 2002 article on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.  While Luna's work is a must-read for the most devoted of sentencing nerds, it won't help LiLo, who was sentenced in California state court.  The federal sentencing guidelines only apply in federal courts.

But it was a brave first foray into the field by LiLo, and we can't blame her for the mistake -- sentencing law is complicated stuff, and even its die-hard fans don't understand it sometimes.  (For years now, I've been on a personal quest to simplify it as much as possible for those of us who didn't go to law school.)

But I'm glad Ms. Lohan is investigating.  It's sad but true:  most people don't care about sentencing law until it hits home, landing like a Scud missile and blowing their lives or the lives of their loved ones to smithereens.  A lot of people impacted by America's lock-'em-up policies just serve the time and move on with their lives.  Others take their experience and try to educate the public and change the system. 

I hope Ms. Lohan will use her experience to do the latter.


1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure it's PROBATION violation, not parole.