Why the City of Charming always got along with the Sons of Anarchy


This last weekend Joan and I engaged in a guilty pleasure.

We binge watched the last season of the Sons of Anarchy. That’s the one where almost everyone in the mythical biker gang dies a violent and bloody death. It was great and glorious fun.

It reminded me of the time I spent with the Hells Angels, the bug in the bathroom and the shy kindness displayed to me by the “biker chicks” in the elevator as we rode together up to the big courtroom on the ninth floor of the old Omaha federal building. See here. But, I digress, sorta.

Tamara Tabo, an excellent writer and a very smart and interesting lawyer and law teacher, has a new post over at Mimesis Law entitled The Mess in Waco: How Prosecuting Almost 200 Bikers Crushes the System & Costs Taxpayers Big Time (June 11, 2015). It is a fascinating read, especially if you are a legal realist.

The screwed up situation in Waco brings to mind the City of Charming in Sons of Anarchy. In movie life, the City had reached detente with the bikers because to do otherwise would be both stupid and too expensive on a whole number of fronts. Whoever decided in Waco to go after all the bikers because of the deadly brawl instead of being selective simply did not understand that when you overwhelm a judicial system it is the poor goof in the cul-de-sac who ends of up paying through the nose. And then there is that bitchy question of justice. As someone once said, if you can’t afford justice you don’t deserve it–and that’s where Waco finds itself now.



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