It seems strange that many of his partisans seem enormously proud that Sarkozy has been investigated and indicted many times over the years without being convicted of a crime. I see the situation a bit differently. I’m reminded of the fall of the American gangster John Gotti. He was nicknamed “The Godfather of Teflon” because even though he was accused of a vast number of terrible crimes, the charges never stuck to him, hence the nickname. John Gotti beat a lot of raps, until he raised his profile and the government bug his phones and all the places he did his business. It should be a cautionary tale for Sarkozy because Gotti was convicted largely of his big mouth, as captured on tape by the wiretaps and bugs.
Here is the parallel: John Gotti did not win these cases because he was innocent or because he had good lawyers or because he was every kind person. He gained acquittal after acquittal by the corrupting the judicial system with bribes and threats. Now, we hear much the same in the legally-obtained wiretaps of Sarkozy, who has managed to stay one step ahead on the law all these years by corrupting those whose duty was to enforce the law.
All which evokes a line from Guy and Dolls,in which a character points to the many times he has thwarted the justice as proof of his good character. When he testifies in a prayer meeting that he was forced to attend, the character Big Julie, a notorious Chicago gangster, claims that he has changed his way, by saying: “Well, I used to be bad when I was a kid, but ever since then I’ve gone straight, as has been proved by my record: Thirty-Three arrests and no convictions!”