An (accused) domestic abuser is now walking free through the streets of Los Angeles, thanks to one Mr. Tom Hanks.
The actor and man you wish was your dad — or at least your cool uncle — reported for jury duty on Monday in Los Angeles to hear a domestic violence case as required by law.
TMZ reports that Hanks was being his usual incredible, congenial self by being attentive and taking notes during the two-day trial.
But on the third day, things went horribly, horribly wrong.
Tom Hanks just couldn’t go one day without being Tom Hanks and an attorney in the L.A. City Attorney’s office — who wasn’t involved in the case — went up to the actor and thanked him for taking time out of being rich and famous to serve on a jury, which is usually comprised of peasants.
The defendant’s lawyer then accused the prosecution of “prosecutorial misconduct” and soon both sides struck a plea deal with the judge.
Instead of spending a year in jail, the defendant simply plead guilty to disturbing the peace and paid a $150 fine.