We were all wondering what was up with Quinton Jackson pleading ‘not guilty’ to all those charges that stemmed from his cross-city rampage back in the summer. After all, he was OBVIOUSLY guilty. But here’s how it works: you always plead not guilty so you have leverage when your case comes to court. That way you can cut a deal with the DA to avoid an expensive trial. So in exchange for switching his plea to ‘guilty’, here’s what the court gave Jackson:
He was originally charged with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly, one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic, three misdemeanor counts of hit and run with property damage, and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving. At his preliminary hearing on Thursday, he reversed his plea to guilty on one misdemeanor count of reckless driving and one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic.
With the acceptance of the plea bargain, Jackson’s sentencing will be deferred to Jan. 7, 2010. If he meets the requirements of the plea bargain, the felony count will be dismissed and he will only be sentenced for the misdemeanor. If he fails to meet the requirements of his plea bargain, he will be charged and sentenced on both counts.
Jackson’s lawyer released a statement claiming that the courts recognized that the incident was caused by delirium and that part of his terms were to check in with doctors on a regular basis and perform 200 hours of community service ‘designed to reach as many young people as possible’. Check this odd bit out:
“Quinton, from the beginning, has wanted to take responsibility for his actions. He has learned a great deal about his physical body and about mental health. During this next year, Quinton has chosen to share his knowledge of how good nutrition, exercise, and sufficient sleep leads to success. He will be speaking to groups of young people in the hope that his unfortunate incident can be turned into something positive for others.”
Okay, okay, we fucking get it … you blame diet and lack of sleep for what happened. But let’s not pretend like Rampage telling kids to eat their veggies and catch 7 hours of sleep is gonna cut youth crime in half, okay?