Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Randy Quaid and "Christmas Vacation"

Don't you agree that the movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," is a holiday classic? In my opinion, actor Randy Quaid, who plays Clark Griswald's (i.e. Chevy Chase's) country bumpkin brother-in-law in the movie, is a primary reason to watch this comedy! I always enjoy Randy Quaid's performances! In the "Christmas Vacation" movie, Quaid has a number of classic lines. For instance, when Clark Griswald fails to get his anticipated Christmas bonus check and instead receives from his boss a "jelly-of-the-month" subscription, Quaid kindly pats him on the back and observes, "Clark, that's the gift that keeps on giving!"

So, you might wonder, what does Randy Quaid or this holiday movie have to do with a blog about white collar crime?! Well, here's the connection! Unfortunately, as you may have read, arrest warrants have reportedly been issued by a California court for Quaid and his wife, based upon their failure to appear and answer fraud charges brought against them by a California inn-keeper. According to Quaid's attorney, the charges are all a mistake. The Quaids have reportedly already paid the inn-keeper in full. Here's hoping that the Quaids are correct and that their defense attorney can straighten out this mess!

But the point of this post is that, no matter whether or not criminal charges are valid, it is always critical that you communicate with your defense lawyer and that you ALWAYS appear in court, as directed! Otherwise, like the Quaids, you might receive a prison sentence and that, my friends, is a "gift that keeps on giving!"