The Entitlement Mentality (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jun. 24, 2013 12:00 am  

Barber’s defense attorney, Asa Hutchinson III, was concerned about how this would look to potential jurors. “We start losing the perception of innocence if he’s incarcerated for three months leading up to the trial,” he said.

Mr. Hutchinson, your client should have worried about appearances years ago.


I probably shouldn’t drag this up after more than a quarter century, but all this talk of entitlement mentality reminds me of an anecdote from 1987, as the S&L crisis was unwinding.

Bankruptcy Judge Robert Fussell ordered former FirstSouth executive Roderick Reed to park his car until it could be sold to pay his creditors. “As long as you’re in Chapter 11 bankruptcy,” Fussell said, as quoted by the Arkansas Gazette, “I don’t want to see a debtor riding around in a Jaguar.”

Gwen Moritz is editor of Arkansas Business. Email her at



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