This is America, where the rule of law dictates that we all play by the same rules, and we are all treated equally and fairly in the courts. Of course, the Constitution carves out exceptions for bankers, politicians, and celebrities (wait, it does, right?), but apart from that, it's a pretty great system.
Have a look at the timeline of the Lindsay Lohan crime spree and consider how you would fare if you tried that. What if you were a black dude in Oakland?
The Rule-of-Law myth fits nicely along our Liberty-And-Justice-For-All motto. It's a cute story to tell the kids.