A jury found Jim Leyritz guilty of drunk driving last month, but he was acquitted of manslaughter. Today Leyrtiz gets sentenced. He faces a maximum of six months in prison. Two things I wonder about:
- Normally someone who just gets a drunk driving conviction with Leyritz’s record won’t actually do six months of time. I have a friend who has defended a couple of cases like this before (i.e. a death or injury is involved, but the defendant is acquitted on the big change, with only a DUI holding up). Each time his client got the maximum sentence. He thinks it’s because the judge is trying to make up for the acquittal somehow, even if no one will ever admit it. It’s probably of little consequence, but that kind of outside-the-lines justice is something that has always intrigued me. Both in cases where a defendant gets off easier or is hit harder than he might otherwise be.
- Second: before the accident, Leyritz was a fixture in the talk radio world and would do meet-and-greets at Yankee events. I assume that part of his life is over, at least for the near future. I don’t give a crap about Leyritz specifically, but I wonder how someone in his position proceeds when he’s out of jail. Can he sign at card shows? Is there any future for the guy?
Obviously neither of these issues is of consequence compared to the fact that someone died as a result of this accident, and my concern, such as it is, for Leyrtiz should not be taken too heavily. It’s just the sort of thing I think about on a slow Thursday morning.