Best Use of a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card

Dallas Austin

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DALLAS AUSTIN, dude, what were you thinking? We’ll wait to see whether Austin’s bust earlier this year in Dubai will damage the good-guy reputation the music producer has built in Atlanta, or if the escapade turns out to be his own little Teflon hit. But it certainly was handy to be able to call for help from high-powered Atlanta entertainment attorney Joel Katz, who in turn fetched assistance from ultra-conservative Sen. (and Mormon Church crooner) Orrin Hatch. Austin ended up with a pardon and quickly got a ticket out of the Persian Gulf emirate. Sometimes — especially when you do something really, really dumb — it pays to have friends in high places.

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