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Morning Roundup: The ‘Gilbert Arenas Judgment Day’ Edition; Bonus: It’s Friday!

0323arenas_textHappy Friday!

I just want to say that last night was City Paper's Best of D.C. 2010 party, at Lux Lounge, and there were drag queens serving waffles there and I didn't have one and I now regret that.

It's Judgment Day, Gilbert Arenas!

Today is the day we learn if popular professional basketball stars who bring four guns into the workplace as a "joke" have to face consequences everyone else who brings four guns into the workplace as a "joke" would have to face.

Prosecutors say Arenas should spend three months in jail. The maximum is five years. But probation—Arenas' preference, appropriate since he is very, very sorry and did not at all attempt to cover anything up—is also an option.

Unfortunately for Agent Zero, ESPN reports in a handy Q&A that "leniency is unlikely":

He will do time in jail. It will be difficult, if not impossible, for Judge Morin to ignore the previous gun charge and the fact a sentence of probation will be viewed as evidence of special treatment of a celebrity athlete. There seems to be no doubt that an unknown citizen who was a repeat offender, was represented by a public defender and was charged with the same crime would be sentenced to jail. The government's assertions that Arenas lied about the event and made a clumsy attempt to cover it up are compelling arguments that will produce a jail sentence. Morin enjoys a splendid reputation as a jurist who is capable of independent and insightful decisions.

Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin could, however, be won over by the 32 (!) letters of support offered up by Arenas' legal team attesting to the fact that, you know, he's awesome. Question: Could you get 32 letters of support if you brought four guns into the Verizon Center locker room as a "joke"?

The letters

include tributes from two officials of the Wizards (a community relations officer and the equipment manager), a judge in Baltimore, Arenas' financial manager, a college student from Chicago who is financing his education selling Arenas autographs, a police officer from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a literary agent who represented Arenas in a book contract (since cancelled as a result of the guns incident) and an elementary school principal, among others.

His financial manager? A police officer from DHS? A judge in Baltimore? Have you ever been to Baltimore? I can say that, I live there!

For what it's worth, I think Gazo the Pranksta has submitted a letter attesting to Arenas' character, too.

You've made it (almost) to the weekend; enjoy it. And if you haven't picked up a copy of Best of, do.

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