Thursday, January 29, 2009

Name recognition

Sometimes, being known is a good thing. It can open up doors for you, both figuratively and literally, as people may just be willing to bend over backwards to help out. It can lead to new and exciting career choices, or it can allow you to utilize your mind now for greater opportunities later.

Of course, having name recognition isn't always a good thing, and it can backfire. Sure, being an intern with the District Attorney, and an up-and-coming lawyer to boot, can help out when you're interacting with the police. Unfortunately, when you're drunk, ordering them to drive you home, and are the targets of some of your vitriol, maybe being known isn't such a good thing.

Forgetting key things like the Miranda Code, a young lawyer-to-be from Harvard may have watched his career get drained quicker than a bottle of tequila over the weekend, as he ordered police to drive him home while he was drunk, because he was an intern for the DA. Among some of the young man's other highlights? Insulting the police, pointing out why people don't like them, planning to lie and cheat to hurt them in court, and calling the DA an "expletive". We're not entirely sure how exactly a person could be a type of word in our language, but we're willing to go with it. It's not like a paper would sensor itself because young, impressionable minds might read it.

In fact, maybe they should have used the real words. After all, the star of the story is a fairly young, impressionable mind himself. And maybe, if he'd been able to see something along these lines earlier in his own development, he might have been able to avoid the pitfalls that he found himself in.

Of course, he also might never have gotten a ride that night.

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