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January 7, 2010

Plaxico Burress denied opportunity to participate in NY work release program

This news report from NYC, which is headlined "Plaxico Burress Denied Work Release," details that Plaxico Burress continues to get tough treatment from the New York legal system. Here are the basic details:

Plaxico Burress is not getting out of prison just yet.  The work-release application for the ex-Giants star was denied by the New York Department of Correctional Services because of the nature of his crime. Burress pleaded guilty in August to attempted criminal possession of a weapon for having a loaded handgun in a nightclub that went off and shot him in the leg.

"At no time did you report this incident to local law enforcement.  As such, it is determined that you must serve a greater portion of your sentence prior to consideration for potential participation in the temporary release program," the ruling said.

The program would have allowed him to spend some portion of his two-year sentence at home.  The announcement was made Thursday. Burress applied for the furlough Nov. 25, about two months into his sentence. Though he had no prior record, the decision wasn't a surprise; less than 5 percent of the more than 31,500 work-release applications in 2008 were granted.

Burress can appeal, and may also reapply for work release in six months.  His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment....

Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Dwyer said a quick furlough would send a bad message. The district attorney's office did not immediately comment Thursday on the application denial.

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Can't he get an idiot release furlough? Any one who shoots himself in his own leg should automatically qualify. When you buy a handgun, your odds of being shot go up exponentially.

Posted by: Los Angeles Paralegal | Jan 7, 2010 7:13:01 PM

Burress is being held in protective custody at an upstate prison because of his notoriety. The Giants released him in April, but the 32-year-old said he hopes to resume his NFL career.

Posted by: psp akku | Jan 8, 2010 4:55:15 AM

What's particularly sinister about this is the laughible suggestion Burress would be having an easier time of it if he'd only reported the incident to authorities.

Never mind that an entire industry (from prison guards who've learned to lobby to politicians who gleefully exploit the Burresses of the world) depends on fresh supplies of example-setters like Burress and it must be fed.

To be sure, we need to grind to dust any sports celebrity who accidentally shoots himself.

To do otherwise would render useless our zero-tolerance-for-mistakes-and-misjudgments policy.

Posted by: John K | Jan 8, 2010 9:46:43 AM

Had he reported this to the authorities it would have perhaps helped, however, who wants to admit to shooting themself when they can possibly avoid looking stupid?

Posted by: Emma | Jan 13, 2010 1:05:20 PM

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