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August 2, 2010

Charlie Sheen cuts a plea deal to avoid any prison time for domestic violence offense

Anyone who was concerned that Lindsay Lohan got treated a bit too well by the criminal justice system now has another celebrity sentencing about which to complain.  Here are all the details thanks to this new story at E! Online, which is fittingly headlined "He's No Lindsay! Charlie Sheen Pleads Guilty, Gets Sweetheart Sentence":

It might actually be really great to be Charlie Sheen. Seven months after the fact, the extremely well-paid sitcom star pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence for his heated Dec. 25 confrontation with wife Brooke Mueller.

And, instead of heading directly to an Aspen jail as a previous plea deal stipulated, Sheen is expected back at work tomorrow on Two and Half Men.  His home base for the next 30 days will be a rehab center in Malibu, where he'll work on "behavioral modification."

There's a Pitken County employee who's going to be getting a big bouquet of flowers soon...

Once upon a time Sheen was going to spend 30 days in jail in exchange for the court dropping felony menacing and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges against him.  His deal "hit a snag" in June, however, when Beverly Campbell, an employee of the county's Jail Administrative Offices, decided that the actor didn't quality for their system's work release program — which was one of the major perks of his deal.

So, after further negotiations, Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, somehow wrangled a 30-day stay at Promises, aka celeb rehab central, in Malibu and 36 hours of domestic violence and anger management counseling for his mischievous client.  Galanter also represented Mueller in the aftermath of Sheen's arrest.

Beyond the specifics of Sheen's "sweetheart" deal here, I wonder if readers are also troubled by the notion of the same attorney representing Sheen in this criminal case and also the victim of his offense in the "aftermath of Sheen's arrest."  Am I wrong to wonder if the attorney here may also be benefiting in various ways from some kind of a sweetheart deal?

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I wonder if readers are also troubled by the notion of the same attorney representing Sheen in this criminal case and also the victim of his offense in the "aftermath of Sheen's arrest."

This reader is. I'm sure Galanter crossed the requisite t's and dotted the i's regarding disclosure and consent to conflict and all that, but it still doesn't smell good.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Aug 2, 2010 7:22:04 PM

The entire case reeks. A recidivist domestic violence purveyor gets no jail time after his third assault on three different women (one shooting, two beatings).

I am willing to believe that one time is an accident--and in fact, I did, twice, during the short time that I was prosecuting misdemeanors, and I cut two gentlemen huge breaks (and they, in turn, stayed clean). Three times, I'm calling BS, not only on Sheen's excuses, but on the spineless prosecutors and judges that have allowed this farce to go on.

As I see it, the conflict of interest is just a cherry on top. Welcome to Celebrity Kangaroo Court.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Aug 3, 2010 8:56:57 AM

Well, at least he can no longer own a firearm. What happens if he does another action movie? I guess he'll be the one with the water pistol.

Posted by: Ala JD | Aug 3, 2010 11:19:36 AM

i'm going to have to go with you on this one res! once is possible but i have no problem hammering an idiot who refuses to learn and keeps making the same mistake.

My god! lohan just got jail time (if just a litte) for missing a few meetings. This idiot is assaulting people!

Posted by: rodsmith | Aug 3, 2010 1:15:11 PM

I think this is awful - as a woman, I know that I can ruin any mans life by picking up the phone and LYING, and many women do; this kind of stuff is the reason why the man who shot at me was processed poorly, the money is too thin... Sad

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