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Addictions don't excuse crimesPosted Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 1:24 PM
Lindsay Lohan has been told by a Los Angeles judge if she accepts a plea bargain to avoid trial in the alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store, she will go to jail.
Lohan, who denies the allegation, is being "over-prosecuted," says her father, Michael Lohan. He told reporters that he didn't see her as a criminal and "this is all a result of her addiction."
I see the results almost every day locally of crimes committed by people who admit or claim addictions when arrested. First offenders as a result of addictions deserve help. Repeat addiction-driven offenders need continued help but shouldn't be allowed to use "addictions" as an excuse.
And I'm tired of nationally-known celebrities, including some politicians and business executives, living as though laws and morals don't apply to them.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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