Plaxico Burress Applies For Work Release From Prison
Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is trying to make his next move his best one, by applying for a work furlough that he could get him back at the crib within the next few months. Burress is currently only about ankle deep in a 2-year prison sentence he’s serving at Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York. While less than 3% of the furlough applications are approved by New York’s Department of Corrections, the fact that Burress plays a sport that pays it’s players millions of dollars will actually give him a leg-up, no pun intended, on other inmates. According to the New York Post:
Burress was indicted on two counts of gun possession, under two theories of possession. The first count charged that he possessed a loaded gun with intent to use it unlawfully. The second count charged that he merely possessed the loaded gun and wasn’t in his home or business...Burress pleaded down to a lesser charge of attempted gun possession — but only under the second theory, that he merely possessed the gun and wasn’t home or at work.
That plea let Burress take advantage of a Corrections loophole — courtesy of Executive Order 9, signed by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer in 2007 — that lets gun-possession convicts apply for furloughs providing they didn’t possess the gun with intent to use.
There are two legal systems in the United States, the one that governs the haves, and the one that governs the have-nots. Even though it seems like famous people get preferential treatment in the court of law, the reality is that money not only talks, but also can hire a great attorney that you probably can’t find messing with a public defender. Since Plax can afford to have a Legend like Benjamin Brafman handling his business, he can take advantage of the system and figure out how to do as little time as possible using any and all potential loopholes.
Did O.J. Simpson get acquitted from his double murder case because he was a good football player and decent actor? or was it because he hired Johnny Cochran to save his ass?
A lot of people think that Plaxico Burress isn’t worthy of what would amount to be an early release because of the perceived special treatment that athletes and celebrities get. While this may be the case, Burress’ situation is different in the fact that he does not have a prior criminal history and can make a significant contribution to society if he is released. The United States is in the middle of a recession and doesn’t need to be wasting money on incarcerating people for idiotic crimes like Plax’s Cheddar Bobing. Burress can still play football and make way more doing his than the average square can doing theirs, which also means he can pay way more in taxes.
This seems like a better alternative than forcing New York citizens to have to pay to keep Burress housed in a Correctional Facility for the next 2 years. That’s somewhere in the ballpark of 100 stacks, which could be better served elsewhere. Granting Burress the work furlough is a sound business move for the state of New York.