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Sean Penn belongs in prison

From The Wall Street Journal:

El Chapo’s Meeting With Sean Penn Aided Authorities in Capture

Lengthy investigation and surveillance led to recapture of escaped Mexican drug lord

By José de Córdoba and Dudley Althaus | Updated Jan. 10, 2016 12:51 a.m. ET

A photo of actor Sean Penn, left, and then-fugitive drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was said to have been taken Oct. 2 for authentication purposes and accompanies Mr. Penn’s Rolling Stone article detailing his interview. Photo: ROLLING STONE
MEXICO CITY—Captured Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was back Saturday in the same prison he escaped from six months ago, his dreams of movie fame postponed and facing a likely extradition to the U.S.

In a twist worthy of Hollywood, it appeared the drug lord was recaptured partly because of his own silver screen ambitions, which led him to meet with actor Sean Penn and others in his hideout in October, a Mexican official said.

In an article published late Saturday in Rolling Stone magazine, Mr. Penn recounted a long meeting with Mr. Guzmán, who escaped in July from a Mexican maximum security prison for the second time in 14 years.

There’s a lot more at the link.

The esteemed Mr Penn, an admirer of the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, once told Bill Maher that American journalists who criticized Mr Chavez should be jailed. It would seem appropriate, therefore, that the actor most accurately defined by his role as Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High ought to face prison himself for aiding a fugitive.

Of course, the Obama Administration would never, ever charge one of the Hollywood glitterati, so there’s no chance that Mr Penn ever sees the inside of a prison, unless we have the good sense to elect a Republican president next November. About the best for which we can reasonably hope is that Mr Penn is eaten up with guilt by the fact that it was his fawning over Señor Guzmán which helped get the drug kingpin back in prison.