For those of you who don't follow the news from the People's Republic of Boulder in Colorado, Zoey Ripple pled guilty to first-degree criminal trespass charges today, not quite six months after she wandered into the home of a sleeping couple while in a drunken state, confronting them at 3:30AM as they awoke to find her in their bedroom.
Fortunately, Colorado has a "Make My Day" law which shields law-abiding citizens from prosecution or civil litigation in cases where they act in good faith to defend themselves. This at least means that Zoey cannot run to a cheap awyer and try to further victimize these people by demanding that they pay her money after she pretty much forced them to shoot her.
Today, little Zoey, who had just graduated from some undoubtedly useless course of study at University of Colorado a couple of weeks prior, pled guilty and was handed a sweet-heart deal: an 18-month deferred sentence that means that if she stays out of trouble for the next year and a half, even this felony will be removed from her record.
Now let's look at a few things here that make me think that this plea offering was inappropriate: Zoey, at just 21 years of age, had a BAC of 0.2, which is two and a half times the normal legal limit for driving (0.08). This is also her third arrest, with a prior for shoplifting (also eventually dismissed due to a deferred sentencing agreement) and another unspecified alcohol-related offense. Clearly daddy's little snowflake just isn't getting it. Finally, we see Zoey emerging from the courtroom today not remorseful or apologetic, but now claiming that it wasn't her fault at all because someone else "could have given her a date-rape drug" that might have left her unable to comprehend what she was doing on the night that she walked into the house of two total strangers. Of course she didn't want to go with this at trial but rather stood up in court and formally admitted that she'd done what she was accused of (required for a plea to be accepted) and then with the risk of jail time gone, she ran right out into the hallway, got in front of the cameras, and basically took her plea back by making the claim that it was all probably someone else's fault.
And of course the lawyer that daddy rented, Colette Cribari, stood right there beside her and complained about the way that this makes Zoey look.
"She's been portrayed as this dumb drunk who wandered into someone's house," she said. "This is not who Zoey Ripple is."
Uh, yeah...that's exactly who and what she is; she's a dumb, binge-drinking, responsibility-avoiding spoiled girl who turned an innocent couple's life upside down and who still refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for her actions or the harm that she caused.
Predictably for Boulder, the judge bought it and refused to give her any jail time or even community service.
And as for precious little Zoey (who the hell names a kid "Zoey" anyway?), She hopes to travel to Peru, when she is allowed, to continue working with a program that helps professional development for women.
"I've learned so much from this incident," she said. "I hope this can continue to be a lesson for other people."
Somehow, I'm not thinking that she learned a damned thing. And I'm willing to bet that we read about her in the papers again before too much longer. Kids like her never get it. But sadly, many of them vote, and as she seems to have Obama's ethics to a fault, I have no doubt as to who she'll be voting for in November.