However, Mr. Steyn does not mention the bizarre story of racing legend Bobby Unser, who got lost in a snowstorm for two days while snowmobiling, was rescued, and was charged with trespassing on a Federal wilderness area. He was eventually fined $75 dollars and convicted of a misdemeanor, so he carries a modest criminal record.
If a celebrity like Bobby Unser can be busted as an inspiration to the rest of us, so can David Gregory. The Washington DC prosecutors have a wonderful opportunity to publicize their law and demonstrate that they take it seriously. And we can all imagine the outrage Mr. Gregory would muster if a prominent Republican used his influence to duck accountability for a clear criminal act.
As a matter of full disclosure, I should add that David Gregory's role in the Valerie Plame affair was complex and he has never found an opportunity to bring clarity to the part he played. He hasn't said enough about this to qualify for full "Lying Weasel" status, but I don't trust him.
FWIW, we have some follow-up on the cases Mr. Steyn did cite. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service backed down in the face of public outrage and dropped their attempt to go after eleven year old Skylar Capo, who had committed the crime of saving a (Federally protected) woodpecker from a housecat.
And Andrew K. Despres, the expelled college student who was taken down hard for wearing an ammunition belt (sans weapon) had his bail reduced from $50,000 to $500 so he is back on the mean streets and, per the local prosecutor, is the next Adam Lanza just waiting to go off. Because no college kid anywhere ever displayed an interest in guns or ammo without eventually killing twenty people.
The Despres case sounds like selective zero tolerance run amuck (he claims he wore the belt to school on other ocassions without comment or mass murder) but post-Newtown he might have wanted to show more sensitivity to the school officials' likely over-reaction.