Gee, Mary, That Sounds Tough, But You Still Stole Millions Of Dollars…

I guess I’m just a hard-hearted bastard.

Last  September, art world luminary and art dealer Mary Boone, whose gallery  have been a prime feature of the New York art community since the Seventies, agreed to plead guilty to charges of filing false federal income tax returns, defrauding the government of millions of dollars. They had her dead to rights: the evidence showed that she used business funds to pay for more than $1.6 million in her personal expenses such as remodeling her  Manhattan apartment, and then falsely claimed those expenses as business deductions, prosecutors said. Then she failed to report on her personal tax forms the profit from her gallery, claiming losses to offset what she had declared as her personal income.

Now it’s sentencing time, and Boone’s lawyers are sawing away at the world’s smallest violin. Facing up to six years in prison, Boone is asking for compassion and minimal sentencing, indeed, her lawyers argue that she shouldn’t go to prison at all. Why? She had a troubled and unstable childhood, apparently. These led to mental health issues, a suicide attempt and drug and alcohol abuse. Most importantly, the poverty of her early life made her fearful that, despite her success, she would end up destitute and dependent upon others.

Funny…I’ve had those same fears at various times during my life. It never occurred to me that this might be a Get Out of Jail Free card.

“Behind the facade of success and strength lies a fragile and, at times, broken individual,” her lawyers wrote in the filing to the court made last month. The Times further reports,

“According to her lawyers, Ms. Boone’s father died at the age of 29, when she was 3, leading to a childhood filled with “abject poverty” and grief. Her drive to succeed, they wrote, was fueled by a fear that she would “end up penniless, like her mother, and die young, like her father.” Psychological examinations show that Ms. Boone suffers from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic symptoms, her lawyers wrote. They argued that keeping Ms. Boone out of prison would enable an important business, and employer, to remain open…”

I think my favorite part of Boone’s plea for mercy is the approximately one hundred letters attesting to her character from friends, artists, collectors and other art-world luminaries. You see, when you steal millions of dollars, that’s res ipsa loquitur. That’s bad character, by definition. This is like those movies where a serial kiler’s mother insists, “He’s a good boy.”

I don’t know, maybe my favorite part is where the lawyers say that her successful fight to combat addictions to alcohol and cocaine prove her character. She has not used either in 20 years, according to the defense memo. Well, that definitely makes up for stealing all that money. She is also, of course, remorseful

I know her lawyers have to take a shot, but the reason they take this kind of shot is that sometimes it works. It should never work. Unless there is strong evidence that circumstances beyond a criminal’s control literally always force people into committing the same crimes, unless no one with similar disadvantages has ever consistently avoided breaking the law, unless we are going to accept Clarence Darrow’s theory that there is no free will, that criminals are forced to be criminals by bad luck, genes and society and that it is cruel to punish them, then the kinds or rationalizations being tried in Boone’s lawyers desperation arguments ought to be ruled irrelevant. This should especially be true for people like Boone, who despite her disadvantages obviously had great advantages too.

And, of course, if you want to know why there are substantial racial disparities in sentencing, look no farther than Boone’s lawyers’ claims. They also argue that if she gets to just wear an ankle bracelet,  it would enable her to keep an important business open. In other words, the more you have accomplished and the more current power and influence you have, the less accountable you should be for your crimes. If anything, the opposite is true.

Lock her up.

14 thoughts on “Gee, Mary, That Sounds Tough, But You Still Stole Millions Of Dollars…

  1. Facing up to six years in prison, Boone is asking for compassion and minimal sentencing, indeed, her lawyers argue that she shouldn’t go to prison at all. Why? She had a troubled and unstable childhood, apparently. [balance snipped for brevity]

    Her lawyers appear to be competent. The universal appeal to emotion, “She was an abused child!” seems to pay dividends most of the time, especially in cases involving progressive women who manage to look physically sympathetic to the jury. It never hurts to have a lot of people make statements in support of that person.

    I know her lawyers have to take a shot, but the reason they take this kind of shot is that sometimes it works. It should never work.

    Ah, would that this were so. Appeals to emotion are all the rage these days in every walk of life. If you took appeals to emotion off the table, the Left would have to be silent, since almost every utterance from Leftists these days are either appeals to emotion or justifications of violence.

    Dispassionate evaluation of evidence requires rationality be applied instead of emotional exposition, and fully half of the population has proven that they are incapable of that. More and more, so are judges, as evidenced by the ridiculous rulings on many of Trump’s executive orders, virtually all justified by some appeal to emotion or another.

    In other words, the more you have accomplished and the more current power and influence you have, the less accountable you should be for your crimes. If anything, the opposite is true.

    Alas, this is not new.

    • That rationality may be considered a mental condition these days. The APA has more or less declared traditional masculinity (of which rationality is a part) to be a mental issue to be addressed.

      • Yeah, I saw that. So now, if I ever feel I need psychological or psychiatric help, I’m going to have to interview my practitioner before beginning therapy to assure myself they don’t support this position. If they do, it’s hasta la vista.

        Next thing you know, my doctor is going to ask about my firearms, and I’ll have to fire her. Hoping otherwise, she’s really easy on the eyes and a decent enough doc.

        • I hope this opens a larger conversation about the complete breakdown of psychology as a useful discipline. The average teenager today has the mental anxiety of a mental patient from the 1950s, suicide, sociopathy, and depression are spiking, and all along we’ve been letting “experts” tell us that every single traditional way of raising children was wrong. So just what good are any of these people? Why does anyone listen to them?

        • “I’m going to have to interview my practitioner before beginning therapy to assure myself they don’t support this position.”
          Start the process fully prepared to look for a needle in a haystack. Even finding a practitioner of traditional allopathic medicine that doesn’t have the need to inject his or her personal “treatment philosophy” is damn near impossible. They’ve abandoned science in exchange for this need to get under the hood and rearrange things in their own vain images.

          You’re probably better off going on the dark net, buying a bunch of pills, and trying them one by one until something works. It’s not far off from what they do anyway, and you certainly can’t do too much more harm. Plus, you get to keep your privacy!

          • Well, let’s just hope I have no need for psychiatric or psychological care. That will obviate any need to engage in illegal drug purchases.

  2. unless we are going to accept Clarence Darrow’s theory that there is no free will, that criminals are forced to be criminals by bad luck, genes and society and that it is cruel to punish them, then the kinds or rationalizations being tried in Boone’s lawyers desperation arguments ought to be ruled irrelevant.

    Taking Darrow’s theory to its logical conclusion, we would have to excuse Punisher-style vigilante killings.

  3. You all have failed to understand that she is a good progressive, as woke as they come, and totally a part of the coastal elite. So she made a couple of bookkeeping errors. She is an example o how women are superior to men: just look at what she overcame to join the club! She was abused as a child… or was in poverty (same thing, you know) so Think Of The Children!

    Who of the elite has not ‘shaded’ the rules that they impose upon the deplorables? Everyone knows those laws are for the benighted peons, and are never supposed to be enforced against the enlightened! (#TwoTiersOfJustice)

    Next you will expect common laws to apply to members of Congress (Democrats, I mean: of course those nasty GOP criminals deserve to be jailed just for opposing The Right Side Of History) or Hillary! As if!

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