Damn, all that though?!?
Judge Kimberly Small, known for her tough stance on drunken driving, ordered the former NBA player and University of Michigan basketball star to serve 93 days in jail, but she suspended all but 20 of those days.
Small, during a 40-minute sentencing hearing in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, told Rose: “You’re not here because you drank. I have no problem with that. Have at it. I do mind when you get behind the wheel of a two-ton vehicle and use it as a weapon against the rest of us.”
After the sentencing, Rose’s California-based attorney, Keith Davidson, accused the judge of abusing her power.
“We have two crimes here” what my client did, and what happened here today,” he said. “What we have is an elected judge legislating from the bench. What we saw today was a miscarriage of justice.”
Davidson said Rose’s legal team is contemplating appealing Small’s sentence. An Oakland County Circuit Court judge can overturn Small’s sentence if it can be shown she abused her discretion. “We’re considering all the legal possibilities,” Davidson said.
Jalen, who is known for being a serious community activist, even had a letter from the mayor of his hometown Detroit that couldn’t save him from jail.
(Judge) Small received several letters from community leaders, including Detroit Mayor David Bing, asking her to consider Rose’s long history as a role model and champion of inner-city youth. Rose has long funded athletic and educational programs, including the soon-to-open Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a charter school in northwest Detroit. He also helped fund new surgical facilities for a hospital in the Congo.
Bing, in his letter to the judge dated Monday, said he has known Rose all of his life. Bing wrote, “Judge Small, for what it’s worth, I fully believe Jalen was being truthful to me when he stated, ‘I will never drink and drive again or ever be in any other court for any violation of the law.’ “
This sentence definitely seems kind of shady, but we guess this will make a good lession to teach the kids that Rose works with so regularly.
We just hope that it does not damage his image to the point where people turn on him. He clearly made a mistake, but it would be a shame if people did not support his many good efforts.
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