The Counterpoint

December 29, 2004

The high life

Okay, so get this:

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -- Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was sentenced to 18 months' probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

Judge Lloyd O. Whitehead granted Phelps probation before judgment, meaning his record will be expunged if he follows the terms of probation. Phelps pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, and prosecutors dropped charges of driving under the influence, underage drinking and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Meanwhile, for one glass of champagne (and no moving violations), I was given 12 months of probation, 25 hours of community service (probably roughly the same that he got), and massive fines.

Sometimes I don't understand our crazy, mixed up world. Maybe it's just me, but I think celebrities should be held accountable for their mistakes just like us regular guys.


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