Because Rich People Need Their Jobs More Than You

On July 3, Martin Joel Erzinger is alleged to have struck a bicyclist–liver transplant physician, Dr. Stephen Milo. Rather than sticking around and attempting to help the victim who was so badly injured that he is still facing multiple surgeries, Erzinger, a director of the Denver branch of private wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith and Barney, fled the scene. Yet, he is only being charged with misdemeanors not with felonies because, according to Vail Daily, the District Attorney believes, “Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession.”   He is so right.  Felony convictions don’t have serious job implications for the poor.

The incident occurred says the Vail Daily as

Milo was bicycling eastbound on Highway 6 just east of Miller Ranch Road, when Erzinger allegedly hit him with the black 2010 Mercedes Benz sedan he was driving. Erzinger fled the scene and was arrested later, police say.

Erzinger allegedly veered onto the side of the road and hit Milo from behind. Milo was thrown to the pavement, while Erzinger struck a culvert and kept driving, according to court documents.

Erzinger drove all the way through Avon, the town’s roundabouts, under I-70 and stopped in the Pizza Hut parking lot where he called the Mercedes auto assistance service to report damage to his vehicle, and asked that his car be towed, records show. He did not ask for law enforcement assistance, according to court records.

According to his Worth.com biography, Erzinger is “dedicated to ultra high net worth individuals, their families and foundations.” Apparently, liver transplant surgeons who get in the way don’t meet his criteria for “dedication.”  Sometimes pleading felony accounts to misdemeanors makes good sense.  But it never makes good sense to do so because “Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications….” Would an unemployed man have faced felony charges?

This looks unpleasantly like a wealthy man being treated very differently from what a poor or –God forbid–a black man would have been.

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Hat tip to Clara Jeffry, editor of Mother Jones and to Treehugger.com

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9 comments

  • This is not something that most of us don’t really already know excist in society. We read it on a fairly consistant basis. It has been happening for a long time. It is disapointing and disturbing. It is unfair. It is only helps knowing that there are some souls who try and do the humanitarian thing that keep us able to continue to have some hope in humans on this planet.
    please forgive spelling…but focus on content….peace

  • HK’s fiance here:

    No different than your DA and DCSS and sheriff’s department covering up for parents that grow and protecting them from prosecution for welfare fraud and child abuse. No different than your judges in your court house allowing a person to lie constantly in court and violate every court order written for over 10 years because she “grows” for the right people. No different than teachers lying saying a child was in school and doing well when she wasn’t. At least he didn’t destroy a childs life in the process, knowing full well that his decisions were doing just that. Lets not have the pot calling the kettle black, shall we.

  • HK’s fiance here:

    No different than your DA and DCSS and sheriff’s department covering up for parents that grow and protecting them from prosecution for welfare fraud and child abuse. No different than your judges in your court house allowing a person to lie constantly in court and violate every court order written for over 10 years because she “grows” for the right people. No different than teachers lying saying a child was in school and doing well when she wasn’t. At least he didn’t destroy a childs life in the process, knowing full well that his decisions were doing just that. Lets not have the pot calling the kettle black, shall we.

  • Kym, Please go to the Richardson Grove thread and erase the threat on me and my family’s lives and my post. Also I would like you to let me know the email address from which it came.

    • HAHAH!! oh man, dug…I thought you might “get it”. You know, can see through the ol’ smoke and mirrors. Now you can also say we environmentalists are dishonest genocidal maniacs who don’t take the internet nearly as seriously as you. Tough shit.

  • Kym, Please go to the Richardson Grove thread and erase the threat on me and my family’s lives and my post. Also I would like you to let me know the email address from which it came.

    • HAHAH!! oh man, dug…I thought you might “get it”. You know, can see through the ol’ smoke and mirrors. Now you can also say we environmentalists are dishonest genocidal maniacs who don’t take the internet nearly as seriously as you. Tough shit.

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