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After all that, he won't see a minute behind bars. Something seems wrong about that.
Sources reveal that come Friday, Mel Gibson will appear before a judge and plead no contest to simple battery, a much lesser charge than the original corporal injury on a spouse charge he was facing. Turns out, Mel was able to bargain himself a plea deal this week that will keep him out of jail and get him out of the legal war that's been raging between him and Oksana Grigorieva for the last year.
As we understand it, Mel was hell bent on proving his innocence against Oksana's claim that he beat on her in January 2010, but recently decided that for the good of his family, especially his children, he would take a deal that would finally bring this ordeal to an end. Mel's lawyer confirmed the news by releasing the following statement:
"I know from almost 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer that sometimes justice can come for a client at too high a personal price. That is particularly so for Mel, whose right to due process can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached. Mel's priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made. It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end."
We don't know how we feel about this. On the one hand, it sounds pretty much like he is walking away from this situation scot-free. Sure, the deal involves him seeking counseling, which is great, but it still doesn't seem like enough.
On the flip side, accepting any criminal charge to be put on his record will severely hurt his chances of getting custody of his daughter. Can't say we see that as a silver lining, but at least we'll know the little one is safe if Mel really is as violent as everyone thinks he is.
What do U think? Is Mel getting off too easy or is his sentencing fair?
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