Sunday, May 1, 2011
Addiction, Strange Twists of Thinking, and Tikkun
Schlichter is a remarkable example of someone so addicted to gambling that it destroyed his career and his life. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Schlichter is again under indictment on 13 felony counts relating to a ticket selling scheme and fraud. Schlichter is blaming his addiction (on gambling?) Here's an excerpt from reporter Mike Wagner's report:
"Art Schlichter, the former Ohio State quarterback and one of the nation's most notorious compulsive gamblers, was indicted today on 13 felony counts in connection with the ticket-selling scheme that swindled people out of more than $1 million.
A grand jury handed up the indictment to the Franklin County Prosecutor's office after Schlichter and Prosecutor Ron O'Brien failed to reach a plea agreement since Schlichter surrendered to authorities more than two months ago.
The most serious charge filed against Schlichter includes one rooted in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which alleges a pattern of corrupt activity and is typically used to prosecute organized crime. The RICO charge involves Schlichter and five associates, who are not named in the indictment, and accuses them of scamming people out of their financial assets beginning in 2009 and continuing for more than 18 months. In some cases, the schemes involved cash accounts, credit cards, loans and other investments.
Schlichter, 51, an All-American at OSU more than 30 years ago, continues to be held in the Franklin County jail. If convicted on the charges, Schlichter could face a maximum of 30 years in prison.
In each of the 12 felony theft counts, Schlichter is accused of deceiving people and stealing from them. Schlichter is accused of telling people that he could make money by selling tickets to Ohio State football games and the Super Bowl. But in many cases, those who lent him money were never repaid, and others did not receive the tickets they were promised. The indictment also contains an allegation that Schlichter sold memorabilia that had already been sold years ago."
You'll notice that one of the elements of the story is the selling of memorabilia. In the scandals swirling around Coach Jim Tressel are allegations that Tressel covered up for Ohio State players who were selling memorabilia or exchanging memorabilia for tattoos from tattoo parlor operator who was under investigation by the FBI. Instead of Tressel reporting the violations by his players to the NCAA as he is obligated to do, he lied.
There it is again, misplaced values.
These strange twists of thinking can be indicative of a severe addiction as in Schlichter's case, or of a fundamental life correction or redemption. These flaws, failure and falls of mankind effect me profoundly. Of course I see myself in them and I am striving mightily to effect my tikkun, my correction. It's why I write Bad Lawyer. Bearing in mind that in classic Kabbalah mysticism, the Tikkun ha-Olam is the command that humanity must restore and redeem a broken and fallen world.