A felon boldly tried to American Idol his way out of a conviction at his hearing March 10th, and while the video makes for good internet fodder, he ultimately got a no from the judge, who was probably a hell of a lot less entertained than we are.
Ann Arbor News reports that the contestant (i.e. the convicted felon) is 21-year-old Ann Arbor resident Brian Earl Taylor, who was arrested for holding a man at gunpoint and forcing him to drive to his home so Taylor could rob him. Taylor requested 36 months so he could get back to school and finish his business degree (I know, I was also shocked that he’s not a professional recording artist), but the judge gave him two years for the concealed weapon and another 18 months to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment.
I’m not sure we should be rewarding Taylor’s act by paying attention to it (Note: I recognize the hypocrisy of putting this thought in a published article that you are reading. My apology for that would be to the tune of Justin Bieber). What’s to stop a professional hustler/aspiring musician from committing a less serious crime (say an unarmed robbery) just to land a platform to get discovered. They hit the judge with those high notes and BOOM, recording contract. How great of a story would that be? Imagine the clicks! I mean, it would be bad for society and all, but everything comes at a price.