I’m a strong believer in doing good. If you’re a good person and do good deeds then good things happen to both you and the people close to you. On the other hand if you are not a very moral person, well then in the circle of life bad things can happen to you. I was reading the top stories for today and the story of Allan Stokke and his daughter Allison’s unasked for internet fame seems to fit in this category.
Who is Allan Stokke?
Allan Stokke is a lawyer, a criminal specialist as reported in OCMETRO (the business lifestyle magazine. The same article quotes Allan Stokke as saying “I get great satisfaction in helping someone with the worst possible crisis he or she has faced in their life. There is nothing more satisfying than taking on the power of the state in order to affect the outcome.”
The said article profiles a case where Stokke defends a girl who “admits to drinking three shots of rum, smoking marijuana and punching it and racing a black Mustang resulting in the death of two individuals.” Stokke’s comment on this case was “It’s totally irrelevant whether the defendant is guilty or not. The system, the Constitution, requires that even the guilty have strong representation…“, the article also states the following
Stokke says at the trial he will make an issue of her clean background and of the multiple factors involved in the accident – all of which may help mitigate Gormley’s responsibility. For example, the autopsy reports of the victims show they died in the resulting fire and not from head injuries or internal injuries caused by the crash itself.
What confuses me is that wasn’t the resulting fire caused by the crash? But that’s just my thinking.
Earlier this year Stokke represented a cop who masturbated on a stripper during a routine traffic stop. Allan Stokke was reported as saying “She got what she wanted,“, “She’s an overtly sexual person.”
OC also reports on a case where Stokke defended a sheriff’s son who was convicted of participating in a videotaped gang-rape.
Defense lawyer Al Stokke, who replaced lead trial attorney Joseph G. Cavallo, questioned any link between the rape and the victim’s claim of mental anguish. Stokke also mocked the girl’s physical injuries, finally conceding she was unconscious but then trying to use that against her. “There’s [no pain] that is felt,” he said, “because she was unconscious.“
So what has all this got to do with his daughter? Nothing, it just happened that she is a hot 18 year old athlete, whose picture has gained a lot of internet publicity as reported by the Washington post:
… in early May, she received e-mails from friends who warned that a year-old picture of Stokke idly adjusting her hair at a track meet in New York had been plastered across the Internet. She had more than 1,000 new messages on her MySpace page. A three-minute video of Stokke standing against a wall and analyzing her performance at another meet had been posted on YouTube and viewed 150,000 times.
… A popular sports blogger in New York found the picture and posted it on his site. Dozens of other bloggers picked up the same image and spread it. Within days, hundreds of thousands of Internet users had searched for Stokke’s picture and leered.
Don’t get me wrong, I really am very sorry for Allison, she is a victim of her good looks and athletes figure. It is ironic however that it should happen to her from all the athletes out there. Maybe its coincidence, maybe it’s a message to her father to shape up and use his abilities of being an effective lawyer to choose his cases better and stop being a scum bag.