Yesterday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott showed what separates him from one of the great villains of all-time, Ming the Merciless: Mercy.
See...Sheriff Lott announced that he would not be charging Michael Phelps with any criminal charges.
Of course, this is tongue-in-cheek, because mercy has nothing to with this, just stupidity. Lott admitted that he did not have any evidence to charge Phelps with any crime. This despite wasting tons of time, manpower and tax dollars. In fact, here is "Buford L. Lott's" exact quote:
“We had no physical evidence; we had a picture,” Lott told reporters. “We
didn’t have enough where we could go arrest him.”
No shit. Everyone else with a functioning frontal lobe knew that when you started all this mess, Leon, but you had to go and play Walking Tall before you acknowledged the obvious. If there is any justice to come out of this, Lott will feel the sting of his ridiculous actions the next time his name is up in the voting booth. Until then, Lott could learn something from Phelps. Maybe the good sheriff could even crib Phelps apology and run it as his own.
“But there are also some important lessons that I’ve learned. For me, it’s
all about recognizing that I used bad judgment, and it’s a mistake I won’t make
again. For young people especially — be careful about the decisions you