Are celebrities above the law?

Johdi Meares, first wife of James Packer, ex-model and now fashion designer, blew an alcohol reading of 0.181 after being involved in a traffic incident. Meares decided not to appear for her court hearing in Sydney on Tuesday, sending her legal team instead.

Driving on a suspended licence, Meares was seen climbing out of the passenger window of her Range Rover after it rolled as a result of a crash on 21 June. Her legal team claims that she was wrongly charged with driving under a suspended licence, and these charges are set to be dropped when her case is next heard on 20 August.  But with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit coupled with the fact she crashed into three parked cars and is lucky no-one was injured, surely she should face all charges?

Read more at SMH.com.au

She’s not the only celebrity who seems to have got off lightly at the hands of the law lately. Co-incidentally, her ex-husband was involved in the notorious street brawl with Channel Nine boss David Gyngell, which resulted in both men only being fined $500. Too lenient?

Are celebrities treated differently by the law? Do celebrities think they are above the law?

Written by Debbie McTaggart



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