Her fall from grace was allegedly high-handedness while she had the authority of being a Cleveland municipal judge. She even had a pedigree: being the daughter of politico Louis Stokes. Now Angela Stokes is waiting tables at Chick-fil-A.
The lessons here are plentiful.
One is that power doesn't insulate any professional from the realities of human nature. "They," whom you abuse, will get you in one way or another. That's what scandal is all about. "They" got Eliot Spitzer, Rajat Gupta, and Richard Nixon.
Another lesson is that pedigree matters less and less. The career marketplace is too volatile to behave according to the old order. Caroline Kennedy couldn't cut it on her bid for the U.S. Senate from New York.
And, three, never bet the ranch on one career path. Had Stokes other expertise she could have had a soft landing in another field. Perhaps because legal work is so consuming few in it nurture other marketable skills.