Celebrities and The Law

Celebrities and The Law

If there’s one thing to be said about celebrities it’s that they are no strangers to brushes with the law. Their legal misadventures not only happen frequently, but they are also heavily scrutinized by fans and critics alike. It is the type of drama that modern-day audiences have grown accustomed to, and the frequency in which such news is reported will only increase in the wake of ever improving technology.

Recently, actor Alec Baldwin has had his own run-ins with the law. In his case, it was for riding the wrong way on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The “30 Rock” star received a pardon from a Manhattan judge, albeit a conditional one. Before challenging Baldwin to behave for the next six months, Judge John DeLury bantered with him, asking if he could stay out of trouble and be a good boy from now on. Alec Baldwin is hardly the only actor to get into trouble in recent times and is certainly not the first.

Alec Baldwin getting arrested. Source: edition.cnn.com

Alec Baldwin getting arrested.
Source: edition.cnn.com

A far more extreme example involves Snoop Dogg, who in 1993 was arrested and then put on trial in connection with Philip Woldermariam's death. Woldermariam was a member of a rival gang and was shot by Snoop Dogg's bodyguard McKinley Lee. Snoop Dogg had been driving the vehicle when the shooting commenced. Thanks to what can only be described as a dream team of attorneys, both Snoop and Lee were acquitted of the murder charges.

As stated above, celebrities are clearly capable of straying from the appointed legal boundaries, with some crimes being relatively harmless and others being somewhat more extreme and dangerous. Because of their high profile status, some avoid punishment or get off easy. And then there are those that pay the price in full. The thing that they all have in common is the fact that nothing is private; all eyes are on them.

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