Not so much that they could escape from any jail, but have there ever been people who were considered so innovative that putting them in jail would be considered a waste of human potential, even if they broke the law?
With the wall street crimes, the attorney general said arresting and charging wall street criminals would destabilize the economy, so he didn’t want to prosecute charges against them. I don’t agree with it, but he was saying the rule of law doesn’t apply to people who are too important in the financial industry.
Lets say in a situation like the manhattan project, what if one of the most innovative nuclear scientists had decided to start committing armed robberies. Wouldn’t authorities look at how innovative that person is and decide it would be better to not charge them and send them to jail?
Has anything like that ever happened? Someone was too innovative, creative and brilliant to be allowed to be put in jail to rot.
I could see it happening in a time of war for someone working on a secret weapons project or an extremely talented general, but I don’t know if it would happen outside of that.