Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Plaxico Burris gets his day in court

Last November I wrote a piece about the aforementioned NFL star and his mishap with a gun going off in a Manhattan night club - turns out that the gun was not registered in NY State, but Florida where he had lived previously.

Months later, a media frenzy surrounds him as he prepares for his day in court, though there is speculation that his attorney will ask for a "continuance" - not sure of the verbiage - either way - he is looking at up to 15 years in prison for this felony charge.

In my previous post about this story, I think I was a tad too harsh on Plaxico and wish to publicly admit that this writer was a bit one-sided in her zeal to judge him given her distaste for all things firearm related.

The bottom line is that Mr. Burris is actually an upstanding citizen - he has no criminal record whatsoever and the fact that he did not register his gun in another state because he had recently relocated does not make him Charles Manson. His mistake in judgement occurred when he brought a gun - loaded - into a private club without a clip for safety purposes.

I hope that he gets a fair shake - I am doubtful - we are after all speaking of an African American male and we know how our justice system likes to treat them don't we?

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