With Kent and Christine putting up serious posts, I hesitate to bring up Lindsay Lohan, but her latest escapade in court did feature one noteworthy item, so bear with me.
Ms. Rehab didn't bother to show up to enter a plea (which is permitted), but her lawyer entered a "no contest" plea in her behalf. Thus she was convicted of stealing a $2500 necklace from a jewelry store.
Among other things, this violated her most recent probationary term, and she was sentenced to 120 days in jail, which, so far as I have been able to determine, no one expects her to serve. Overcrowding, dontcha know.
In addition, however, the news story reports, "Judge Sautner went on to order that Lohan also complete a Shoplifters Alternative course."
I'm not real clear on what a "Shoplifters Alternative course" is, but I think it could be conducted fairly quickly in three words, i.e., "Pay for it."
The one noteworthy point is that our system is now so feckless and deluded as to think a "course" about the wrongfulness of shoplifting could possibly be useful. The idea that an adult needs to be given a lesson plan about why people shouldn't steal is just mind-boggling -- yet another indication that anything resembling seriousness is, in too many courtrooms, disappearing from criminal law.