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June 2, 2010

Charlie Sheen cuts a plea deal to cut down jail time for assaulting his wife

As detailed in this hard-hitting E! Online report, which is headlined "Charlie Sheen Makes a Deal; Will Go to Jail," a famous actor is going to be spending a (small) part of his summer in the slammer.  Here are the details:

Charlie Sheen is going from Two and a Half Men to two-and-a-half weeks…behind bars.

E! News has confirmed that the sitcom star will plead no contest to misdemeanor assault stemming from his Christmas Day arrest for attacking long estranged and newly over it wife Brooke Mueller.

Although Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin declined to comment on specifics, the plea would likely result in a 30-day jail sentence.

So where does the two-and-a-half weeks come in? Well, being the highest-paid sitcom star on TV does have its perks, and a cunning defense lawyer is apparently one of them.

Sheen is unlikely to make waves while in Aspen lockup and his good behavior will bring his sentence down significantly, meanwing he'd only serve about half the time. Sheen's attorney, Richard Cummins, has not returned calls seeking comment on Sheen's dealings.

The 44-year-old shaven wonder is planning to enter the plea at his hearing on Monday in Aspen on Monday. Before then, he'll need to finish up his court-ordered 36 hours of anger management classes.

Sheen originally faced two misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and third-degree assault as well as felony menacing. The felony count, which carries a maximum three-year sentence, will now disappear.

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Recidivist domestic violence gets 2.5 weeks--or about 1.5 weeks as a practical matter--thanks to fame and fortune.

I don't think "I told you so" even begins to describe it. Celebrity justice, if it can even be called that, is a farce. What a spineless prosecutor.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Jun 2, 2010 10:17:28 AM

pft! for all we knew she needed slapped! i've seen some ugly breakups and the husband wasn't always the bad one or the one who needed to be in a cell.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jun 2, 2010 2:52:12 PM

Res ipsa --

I don't know if it's "celebrity justice" or not, but it's difficult to disagree with your assessment of the prosecutor.

If Charlie had been within my jurisdiction in the Eastern District of Virginia, he would have found out right quick how well "celebrity justice" goes over there.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 2, 2010 10:02:15 PM

Uh huh. It can't just be that a few weeks in the clink seemed about right for a lovers' quarrel that got out of hand. Prosecutors must always go for the jugular or they're spineless...which pretty much sums up what's wrong with the system.

Posted by: John K | Jun 3, 2010 3:06:32 PM

John K --

Your ability to create a sugar-coated euphemism for any crime, no matter how thuggish, is astounding.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 3, 2010 4:12:10 PM

What then, lovers' felony menacing?

Posted by: John K | Jun 3, 2010 4:31:47 PM

How about "beating up your girlfriend"?

There was a recent killing at the University of Virginia. A member of the men's lacrosse team had been in a relationship with a member of the women's lacrosse team. She wanted to break it off. He disagreed. So he had, as you would put it, "a lovers' quarrel," that consisting of his kicking in her door and beating her to death, mostly by punching her face and slamming her head against the wall.

You will be quite displeased to know that this emotionally overburdened young man, who was, after all, just having a bad night, has been put upon by the fascist prosecutorial machine that so enrages you. Indeed, it's THIS BAD: They had the poor fellow arrested! Tossed in the slammer! They're going to try him for murder (undoubtedly with faked evidence, dontcha know)!

In a eupehmism that would do you proud, his attorney said it was "an accident." (I'm not making this up). You know, like slipping on a wet floor.

I don't know when the trial begins. I hope you'll cover it and give us the low-down on how the guy is really innocent and the whole thing is just being staged by the prosecutors out of the usual combination of malice and political ambition. I know that's what you'll say, since, in describing any particular case, I have yet to hear you say anything else.

Go for it!

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 3, 2010 6:28:57 PM

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