I agree with one thing you said, about a protect but then that would require staying til something was done or something a lot worse was done? Beside the fact that it would take a mountain of planning, it would be extremely hard to get two people to agree on anything?
But for the idea of someone in a high place or a close relative, probably won’t happen because just recently a judge got his son off a really Hugh number of counts of cp & a number of other related chgs plus the biggie is he won’t be on the sor, imagine that! So, it isn’t necessarily how much money you have or what you know, sometimes it’s who you know & will they actually do something? Apparently the judge had friends in high places?