/ Secure in the knowledge that his own cover-up was of a more enduring nature, Kennedy scorned the “preferential judicial treatment” his former attorney had negotiated on Nixon’s behalf. “Do we operate under a system of equal justice under the law, or is there one system of justice for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?” Kennedy thundered in the Senate. /
I recently listened to People Magazine’s podcast “Cover-up” which investigates Chappaquiddick (and also Slate’s “Slow Burn,” the first season of which covers Watergate). But, with Watergate, on some level, justice is served, which isn’t, of course, the case with Kennedy. I was interested in learning a few details the podcast left out that this book covers, but what stands out the most—in this book, in the podcast, in the recent movie—is the fact that had Kennedy not been who he was, had he not had the power and privilege afforded to him, he likely would have been held accountable for his actions. And no matter the good he accomplished in the Senate, it doesn’t (obviously) change the fact that he was fully responsible for Mary Jo Kopechne’s death—a person with her own ambitions and dreams. In his case, there definitely was, in fact, a separate system for the high and mighty.
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