The only criminal cases I ever handled were white collar corruption things, so maybe I’m missing a couple of the nuances here, but is mounting a full-blown prosecution of the Philadelphia woman who tried to trade sex for World Series tickets via Craigslist really the best use of judicial resources? They had a preliminary hearing yesterday, complete with salacious testimony from the undercover officers and everything. After it was all over they actually added an additional count to the charges against her. Anyone feel safer now?
I suppose it’s possible that they have eliminated all other crime in
Philadelphia the Philly suburbs* so fluky, one-off acts of immaturity are best handled by a double-barreled prosecutorial assault. In the rest of the world, however, this would likely result in an agreed plea to a disorderly conduct charge or something and it would have been over two months ago.
UPDATE: Further evidence — and much more serious evidence at that — that the Philly police have their priorities WAY out of whack. (thanks to reader Ethan Stock for the link)
*UPDATE II: As commenters have noted, the tickets-for-sex prosecution is taking place in the Philly suburbs, not Philly proper, so apologies to the Philadelphia police department and prosecutors for saying that they were responsible. But (a) all above points still stand for the people in Bucks County going after this woman of course; and (b) the link in the first Update shoes that the Philly cops are still whack. Just for different reasons than going after would-be World Series tickets prostitutes.
A Solar Eclipse
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In that great journey of the stars through space
About the mighty, all-directing Sun,
The pallid, faithful Moon, has been the one
Companion of the Earth. Her tender face,
Pale with the swift, keen purpose of that race,
Which at Time’s natal hour was first begun,
Shines ever on her lover as they run
And lights his orbit with her silvery smile.
Sometimes such passionate love doth in her rise,
Down from her beaten path she softly slips,
And with her mantle veils the Sun’s bold eyes,
Then in the gloaming finds her lover’s lips.
While far and near the men our world call wise
See only that the Sun is in eclipse.
Over the weekend the World Umpires Association — the umpire’s union — launched a protest in response to what it feels is Major League Baseball’s failure to adequately address the “escalating attacks” on the men in blue. They were specifically upset that Ian Kinsler didn’t get suspended for his remarks in which he said that Angel Hernandez should get out of the umpiring business because he’s terrible. Apparently to umpires truth is no defense. In any event, they wore white wristbands Saturday night as a sign of solidarity or whatever.
Now that’s over, it seems. At least for the time being. The Association released this statement yesterday afternoon:
“Today, WUA members agreed to the Commissioner’s proposal to meet with the Union’s Governing Board to discuss the concerns on which our white wristband protest is based. We appreciate the Commissioner’s willingness to engage seriously on verbal attacks and other important issues that must be addressed. To demonstrate our good faith, MLB Umpires will remove the protest white wristbands pending the requested meeting.”
As many noted over the weekend — most notably Emma Span of Sports Illustrated — this protest was, at best, tone deaf. While officials are, obviously, due proper respect, a player jawing at an umpire is neither unprecedented nor very serious compared to, well, almost anything that goes on in the game or in society. At a time when people are literally taking to the streets to protest white supremacy, Neo-Nazis and the KKK, asking folks to spare thoughts for some people who sometimes have to take guff over ball and strike calls is not exactly a cause that is going to draw a ton of sympathy. And that’s before you address the fact that the umpires are not innocent when it comes to stoking the animosity between themselves and the players.
I wouldn’t expect to hear too much more out of this other than, perhaps, a relatively non-committal statement from Major League Baseball and a relatively detail-free declaration of victory by the umpires after their meeting.