TO THE EDITOR:
The editorial "Ghosn's escape puts bad light on Japanese justice" (Jan. 6) was grossly misplaced. The only bad light is on Ghosn.
Recently, I was the assigned attorney for a DUI probation revocation court in suburban Chicago. Some of the excuses propounded by defendants in not completing their sentences would make Ghosn feel at home. But for his finely tailored suits, he would fit right in:
"Someone spiked my beer with cocaine"; "I couldn't do my community service (since 2017) because the caseworker was on vacation"; "nobody called me to start alcohol treatment"; "I had car troubles"; "the bus was late"; "the probation officer is lying" ...
For Ghosn, it's the excuse of the moment: It's the Japanese. A Nissan conspiracy. The unfair justice system. Cry me a river.
It's always somebody else's fault. Mr. Ghosn, your escape evinces guilt. Call your lawyer, have him negotiate a plea bargain you can live with and turn yourself in to be sentenced. Bring your toothbrush.
LAWRENCE NECHELES, Pontiac, Ill., The writer is an attorney in the transportation industry and a hearing officer for the Illinois Tollway.