July 27, 2011, - 6:55 pm

What Inner City?: Detroit Mayor Spends Time Seeking Leniency for Millionaire NBA Drunk Driver

By Debbie Schlussel

Apparently, things have improved so much in the City of Detroit that its Mayor has nothing better to do with his time than write letters asking suburban Detroit judges for leniency in sentencing NBA multi-millionaire drunk drivers.  And, apparently, those judges are supposed to take into account that the drunk drivers were once abandoned by their fathers?  Huh?

Judge Kim Small Gave Jalen Rose What He Deserved

That’s what happened today at the sentencing of racist multi-millionaire former NBA star and current ESPN commentator Jalen Rose for drunk driving.  He got 20 days in jail, and it’s big news in Detroit and around the country.  Rose drew 48th District Court Judge Kimberly Small, who is the nation’s toughest judge when it comes to drunk driving.  On the eve of sentencing, the Detroit Free Pressistan did a full court press for Rose by doing an unwarranted front page hit piece on Judge Small in the Sunday paper for the “crime” of being tough on drunk drivers and always giving them jail time.  It’s not like Rose was just over the alcohol limit.  He had six martinis in a row and blew a .12 blood alcohol level.  He was very drunk when he drove and crashed his SUV.  It’s by the grace of G-d, that he didn’t kill someone.

For the record, I know and like Kim Small, have appeared before her in court, and we are friendly.  While she is tough, she is smart, fair, and knows the law.  I always know that if the law and facts are on my clients’ side, Judge Small will be, too, as in this case.  She knows what she is doing, and she’s consistent in being tough on criminals.  When I lived in her district, I was proud to vote for her.

Incredibly, for today’s sentencing, many, many famous Detroiters wrote letters asking that their mega-rich, mega-racist, drunk driver friend be given a lighter sentence.  Even more incredible, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wrote a letter on Rose’s behalf talking about how he was a successful NBA star and gives money to charity.  What the heck does that have to do with his drunk driving?  Does Mayor Bing really believe that rich former sports stars, like himself and Rose, deserve a different set of justice than the rest of us?  Apparently so.  And what is Bing doing wasting City of Detroit resources on Rose?  Rose lives in the fancy suburbs (where he was drunk driving), not in the City.  He was one of those who took illegal loans from gambling ring operator Ed Martin in the University of Michigan basketball scandal.  He’s not worthy of the Mayor of Detroit’s time, involvement, or intercession.

Also incredible, at today’s sentencing, Rose’s lawyer said that because he was abandoned by his father as a child, he should get a lighter sentence and the court’s sympathy.  HUH?  Rose is an adult in his 30s.  He’s made millions of dollars and is gainfully employed.  What does his status as an illegitimate kid have to do with his drinking of six cocktails, then putting his keys in the ignition and heading out on the road?

I’m glad that Jalen Rose didn’t get treated any better or any differently than the usual drunk driving defendants in Judge Small’s courtroom, merely because he is famous, rich, appears on TV, and has important friends.  That he will spend time behind bars is a humbling experience he needs far more than the usual poor schnooks who appear before Judge Small after drinking too much and getting behind the wheel.

Rose is lucky that Judge Small is allowing Rose to attend his 93-year-old grandmother’s birthday party before he reports to jail.  Not all defendants are so lucky when they appear before other judges.

As longtime readers know, I’m no fan of racist multi-millionaire former NBA star Jalen Rose.  His comments during his ESPN “Fab Five” documentary were ridiculous.

And, next week, he won’t be Jalen Rose, haughty former jock with millions in dollars and racist thoughts.  He’ll be Jalen Rose, Oakland County Jail resident.

Exactly what he deserves.

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24 Responses

That’s what I call “justice”. Although with regards to celebrities, a lot of people think they should be treated differently from the rest of us… cuz of fame, the right connections and being arrogant.

Just what Detroit’s Mayor thinks a rich suburban guy’s entitlement should be!

Go figure.

NormanF on July 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Once in a while I get to feel good reading something like this.lol

samurai on July 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

SHAME on Bing! I thought he was a good guy, but I now wonder if he is a closet racist, fronting for a fellow Black.

ALL judges should give drunk drivers a very stiff sentence. They are killing babies & mothers…show them NO mercy!

Hooray for judge Small!…is she single? 😉

Dr Dale on July 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Now, looky looky here, woman. You be dissin one of da bros. He deserve respek, as he be one of the gratest basketball players, man. Give a brothuh a brake. He cant live like me ‘n you. He erned a brake. He a hero.

White woman just jelos cause he giving her none dat telephone ball o his. Yo wished he be yur baby’s daddy.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Oops, sorry. Basketball Jones was using my computer when I was not looking.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

“Also incredible, at today’s sentencing, Rose’s lawyer said that because he was abandoned by his father as a child, he should get a lighter sentence and the court’s sympathy. ”

Well, if that is so, then 71% of black Americans “ought” to have sympathy.

What a friggen’ joke. Playing the “no daddy” card. PUHLEEZE.

Liberals never seem to care about the absence of Daddy unless they are looking for mitigating circumstances.


Skunky on July 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

This is truly bizarre, Debbie.

After decades of being clubbed over the head with M.A.D.D., S.A.D.D., D.A.D.D. and all the other assorted “ADDs” finger wagging, candlelight vigils, PSAs and the accompanying suspension of civil liberties in the name thereof (like “sobriety” road blocks), these people are arguing for leniency and to excuse his drunk-driving because the rich jock was a nice guy? Un-freaking-believable.

DS_ROCKS! on July 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

We need more judges with a backbone like her.

Road Warrior on July 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

I believe in the justice system, not ignorant remarks. While I believe the sentence was fair and necessary, I don’t believe that some of your comments are warranted. I’m very irritated by the author’s description of Mr. Rose being a racist. Truth be told, by reading the comments posted, I challenge you to look in the mirror. What’s surprising is no one dared mention that Judge Smalls daughter had an offense that was quietly handled and guess what………..she received a lighter sentence. Now scratch your head on that one folks.

Tracy Jones on July 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Tracy, the only racism is your knee-jerk cry of racism.

    That don’t work anymore. What did you do with the memo?

    Next time try to be better prepared.

    Skunky on July 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

Debbie JL was an above average NBA player but he didn’t seem that worried about playing as part of a wining team. I’d like to see the NBA player contracts tied more to winning than scoring, and to some degeree that’s already happening due to the proliferation of statisitical measurements. Guys like JL and Stephon Marbury are probably not going to get $20 million a year anymore.

A1 on July 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

I mean JR.

A1 on July 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

I hope Judge Small has the fortitude and the grit to stand fast against those who are sticking up for that rich drunk black trash Jalen Rose. No excuse for drunk drivers who drank too much and drive around in fancy SUVs. Thanks God that moron didn’t hurt or kill anyone on the road.

Rob on July 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

Tracey – truth hurt a little? Did you even click on the link? Rose is a racist.

Road Warrior on July 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

Will Dave Bing be there for me should I run afoul of a silly little traffic violation? Fix my tickets Dave?

Save the city Mr. Bing, Rose now has a 20 day head start to fix a problem of his own doing.

P. Aaron on July 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Was JR exposed to the Social Promotion program in schools?
Was JR forced to take expensive gifts while at Mich?
Was JR venerated by B-BALL fanatics wherever he played?
Was JR welcomed into the “groupie-harems” available to Sport Heroes? Was JR given educational achievement forgiveness?

Well, then I understand and we, as a society, must not be so strict and forgive him his transgressions, right?


Dennis on July 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

In Caifornia this would not be a jailable offense because the jails would be like a final 4 game everyday. However, it is a big money maker. Driving at .12 is not a smart thing to do but it is also not that (w)reck-less as to deserve jail time. I see the accidents everyday in So Cal and the drivers who kill and injure people are always in the .02 plus. Even Arizona which is tougher on drunk drivers he would be doing 5 days outside in a tent and just passing time. How many days will he actually serve – all of it? If so that is a little much.

Randal P on July 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Screw him.

Occam's Tool on July 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

DS_ROCKS! on July 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

I totally agree. So would MADD founder Candy Lightner who is against the direction MADD has taken and was kicked out of the organization. When driving after a couple beers carries a much harsher sentance than leaving the scene of an accident, you know something is definitely wrong with the system. If you’re in an accident the smallest trace of achohol, even mouthwash, or an old empty beer can that fell out of your returns bag can qualify it as drinking related. MADD has truly gone MAD.
The original intention of keeping dangerous drunks and repeat offenders off the road has been replaced by a politically correct system where everyone is guilty of planning to commit a heinous crime, thereby ignoring the real problem behind most accidents…

theShadow on July 29, 2011 at 12:24 am

    You have to NIP IT…NIP IT in the bud…theShadow doesn’t know!…”the real problem behind most accidents” is drinking. 1/2 or more of all traffic related deaths are alcohol related.

    Dr Dale on July 29, 2011 at 1:36 am

DR Dale, so you’re saying more than half of all accidents are caused by Smart People that drink and drive?
Actually it’s about a third, but I think you get my point.
Most accidents are caused by the bad judgement of stupid careless drivers, after all getting inibriated and jumping in the drivers seat is about as careless and stupid as stupid can get.
My main beef is with the lopsided laws that make it easier to leave the scene of an accident than facing drunk driving charges. And BTW, I stand with Debbie behind the judge’s verdict. These are the kind of drivers we need to keep off the road but if statistics don’t lie, I’ll bet he does it again.

theShadow on July 30, 2011 at 2:47 am

I always thought Jalen Rose never played up to his full potential……..

As we say in the Golden Ghetto, “if you ain’t ready to do the time, don’t do the crime.”

True dat.

Tanstaafl on August 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm

You are the first person I heard say anything positive about Judge Small. She has to be amongst the most despised people in all of Oakland County. I can’t stand her.

Disgusted on April 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

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