Because California has a strict Keep Rich Women-Beaters Out of Jail policy (See here and here.), Mel Gibson struck a plea deal with prosecutors today where he’ll plead guilty to simple battery, but won’t face jail time and only has to attend counseling. His lawyer issued the following bullshit statement to TMZ that essentially asserts Mel could’ve easily won the case but felt it was more important to protect his loved ones from all that winning:
“I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price. That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached.”
Berk goes on, “Mel’s priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made. It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end.”
Translation: Our client’s a jackass who openly admitted to assault in court documents, and the prosecution had a 13-year-old eyewitness that watched his mother get punched for not performing oral sex. Fortunately we live in the great state of California where celebrities can simply request a plea deal and face only the slightest of consequences for their actions. We’re talking a step above a minor inconvenience at most. God bless America.