There’s no point in being rich or being the mother of someone rich and famous … if you can’t use it as leverage to get your butt out of trouble.
But then there’s abusing the power and overdoing it over and over, so to speak.
Such is the case, says Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra, regarding Miami Heat superstar LeBron James’ mom, Gloria James, who’s getting the VIP treatment from South Florida law enforcement authorities.
Attorney Robert Stok wrote a bitter letter to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle‘s office listing instances in which Gloria James hasn’t been getting the same treatment as regular James.
Stok represents Rock Feller Sorel, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach valet who was allegedly slapped by a drunk Gloria James last year in an argument over the speed of Sorel’s service.
Sorel is suing for damages, but what ticks off Stok is what he claims is the kid-glove treatment.
For example, 44-year-old Gloria, Stok says, should have rotted in the slammer for a while after she was arrested and charged with battery and disorderly intoxication.
Instead, she was released to a Miami Heat executive after being issued a court appearance ticket.
“Enough is enough,” Stok wrote. He declined to comment on the letter exclusively obtained by Gossip Extra.
Here’s an excerpt of Stok’s missive:
“Since Ms. James’ arrest on April 7, 2011 she has abused her quasi-celebrity status and flouted the justice system.
At the time she was arrested, she refused to cooperate with the arresting police officers.
Despite the fact that she was arrested for disorderly intoxication, an arrest typically requiring overnight incarceration, she was released from the booking station almost immediately to a Miami Heat executive.
She was offered her initial pre-trial diversion program without your office having consulted with our client first and ultimately the offer was made against his wishes.
In the civil case, she missed two court ordered mediations and was sanctioned by the trial court for her continuing misconduct.”
Stok also takes a swipe at the pre-trial diversion program offered by the State Attorney’s office to Gloria James earlier this year in which she completed community service instead of jail in the valet-slapping incident.
Stok writes the woman has “a long history of criminal arrests in her home state of Ohio” and should not have been allowed in pre-trial intervention.
When asked in an email if the State Attorney’s office is being overprotective of Gloria James, Spokesman Ed Griffith simply said: “No!”