NBC anchor David Gregory will not face charges for brandishing an ammunition magazine on NBC’s Meet the Press, Politico reports.
D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan on Friday said he would decline to prosecute in the case involving the Sunday show host and any NBC staffers. In a letter to NBC’s attorney Lee Levine, Nathan wrote that after reviewing the matter, his office “has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events associated” with the broadcast.
The office made its decision “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.”
Actually, a prosecution would show that the law is blind and does not grant favors to anyone based on their status. Instead, we’re confronted with the opposite. While Gregory skates for doing something intentional, others have been prosecuted for unintentionally running afoul of DC’s gun laws. Like Matt Corrigan.
In September 2011, former Army Specialist Adam Meckler was arrested at the VFW in the District because he happened to have a few long-forgotten rounds of ordinary ammunition in his bag. The veteran of both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was jailed and later accepted a plea deal, which he now regrets.
Is it fair that while Corrigan has this on his record forever, David Gregory escapes just because he brandished the magazine to make a political point? No. We’re not truly a nation of laws and fair justice anymore.