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Three years before Mitrice’s arrest, Mel Gibson was arrested for drunk driving on Pacific Coast Highway. An interview with the arresting officer, James Mee, reveals the power wielded by celebrities in Malibu. Would Mitrice’s story have ended differently if she were rich and famous? 

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Dana Goodyear

Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of two collections of poetry. Her nonfiction debut, Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making…