Kathleen Kane, former Pennsylvania attorney general, is among the female power players who have fallen from grace. Still on trial in New Jersey is Bridget Kelly for alleged abuse of power when employed in the Chris Christie Administration (Bridgegate).
Kane had been convicted on nine counts, including obstruction of justice and perjury. Now her sentencing is the issue. reports The Wall Street Journal. She faces more than 12 years in prison. She is now 50.
Those lobbying for probation argue that she has dependent children at home. That, they contend, should be factored in. However, others could argue that she should have considered the fate of her children before breaking the law in ways which could land her in prison.
In the trial of Kelly, what's out there in the court of public opinion is that this is a woman with four children. Her lawyers are positioning and packaging her in court as a good mother who has been a model good citizen. Never before had she been in legal trouble.
Therefore, when it comes to Kelly, there are two issues. Should being a good mother factor in the jury verdict as a matter of character. And, secondly, if she is convicted, should she not be sent to prison because her children need her. However, as with Kane, one can note that had she put her children first she wouldn't have allegedly implemented the Fort Lee, NJ traffic gridlock.
As Baby Boomers recall, there was a time when a female in legal trouble was an anomaly. We were socialized not to play too close to the fire. The meme was that we women, as future mothers, had to follow the road more traveled. However, one of my college classmates, while a junior. committed fraud with a phone credit card. Her network chipped in and paid that off. The phone company didn't report the incident to law enforcement. But she was in every way atypical. She never became a mother.