Today, NFL Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor was arrested and charged with the rape of a 16 year old girl. Authorities in New York arrested Taylor at around 4 a.m. this morning and booked him without incident. Allegedly, the young girl was beat up by a man she had been living with and then taken to Taylor’s hotel room to have sex with him. Taylor has had his fair share of run-ins with the law and this is another case that makes us “normal” people ask the question, “Why do famous people think they can get away with anything?” Here are five famous people who are currently doing time.
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On October 22, 2009 Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter) plead guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. When he pled, the case was already two years old. “Weezie” was sentenced to a year in prison in February and is expected to be released after 8 months with good behavior. When Lil Wayne is released, he still has to face possession of marijuana and cocaine charges. Lil Wayne is on top of the rap world right now and he could be spending even more time behind bars.
Spector, famed producer who has worked with talents such as The Beatles, The Ramones, The Teddy Bears, and The Righteous Brothers, had his world turned upside down on February 3rd, 2003. Lana Clarkson was found dead in his home in California. Spector was arrested for her murder but his trial was declared a mistrial. The retrial for Spector began in late 2008. On April 13 2009, Spector was found guilty of 2nd degree murder. He was sentenced to 19 years to life making him eligible for parole in 2028. Considering he is 70 now, I don’t think we will be seeing Spector outside the walls of prison before his life is over.
Having escaped the jury in the murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, “Juice” decided he would test another jury. In September of 2007, O.J. Simpson and a group of men stormed a Las Vegas hotel room and robbed a man at gunpoint of sports memorabilia. Simpson was arrested a few days after the robbery and by October some of Simpson’s co-defendants already made plea bargains and started testifying against Simpson. Simpson was arrested while out on bond in January of 2008 for breaking the conditions of his bond by trying to contact a co-defendant. Simpson was found guilty kidnapping, assault, robbery, and criminal conspiracy in October, 2008. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison with the possibility of parole in 9 years. I think Karma got Juice in this case.
Fresh off of a Super Bowl win in which he made the Super Bowl winning touchdown catch, Plaxico Burress decided that he needed to be packing some “heat”. In November of 2008, Burress was in a New York City nightclub where he had a Glock pistol tucked in his waistband. The gun began sliding down his pants and when he reached for it, he accidentally pulled the trigger and shot himself in the leg. Burress was charged with criminal possession of a handgun and Mayor Bloomberg stated that he wanted to see Burress prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Finally, somebody that wants to make an example out of celebrities who think they are above the law. Burress plead guilty to the charge along with reckless endangerment and was sentenced to 2 years in prison. Hey Plax, when you get out I’m sure plenty of teams will want your services, just leave the gun at home.
This guy could have been a great running back in the NFL, instead he is sitting in prison in Ohio. Clarett, the former Ohio State Buckeye standout who led the team to a championship in 2002 turned himself into police on January 2nd 2006 to face 2 counts of armed robbery. Clarett robbed 2 people outside of a Columbus night club on New Years day in 2006. While out on bond, Clarett was arrested in August of 2006 for fleeing police in a vehicle and then resisting arrest once the chase came to an end. In September of 2006, Clarett plead guilty to all the above charges and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison. In April of 2010, Clarett was granted early release, he is now at a halfway house in Columbus, Ohio.