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    Festivus Moderator ralph wiggum's Avatar
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    Not all, but a really disgusting defense....:mad:

    MountainLaurel (1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:10 AM
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    Teen Who Drove Drunk Gets 30 Days for Fatality

    30 DAYS?!!!



    A 17-year-old Fairfax County girl who pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Leesburg woman was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in a juvenile detention center and ordered to do 500 hours of community service.

    Loudoun County juvenile court Judge Pamela L. Brooks suspended the most punitive part of the sentence, which called for the teenager to be detained until September 2011, when she turns 21. Brooks also revoked the girl's driver's license and ordered her to get a job to pay $5,000 in funeral expenses to the victim's family.

    The teenager was sent to Loudoun's detention center April 21 after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Brooks did not give her any credit for the 38 days she has served.

    Kathleen Becker, 59, died instantly the night of Sept. 20 when her van was hit head-on by the teenager's sport-utility vehicle. Becker was returning home from choir practice at a Catholic church in Sterling.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
    lionesspriyanka(1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:31 AM
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    9. she is a kid.
    MountainLaurel (1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:32 AM
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    11. A kid who murdered someone n/t
    lionesspriyanka(1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:35 AM
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    14. not deliberately. she accidentally ran over someone.

    Edited on Fri May-30-08 10:38 AM by lionesspriyanka
    at 17 ones understanding of consequences is far limited.
    Tesha (1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:39 AM
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    17. She chose to drink. She was doubtless schooled in the consequences.

    Or don't they show Red Asphalt or its kin
    to kids anymore?
    lionesspriyanka(1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:41 AM
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    19. actually i doubt she was schooled in it very much. since americans do not allow their kids

    to drink under 21, they also dont really bother to explain the consequences that much.

    kinda like abstinence only programs.
    MountainLaurel(1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:41 AM
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    18. But does that mean there should be no consequences

    Other than her poor, bruised conscience?

    What did she think would happen when she got hammered at a football game and then decided to take a drive?
    lionesspriyanka(1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:42 AM
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    21. she probably didnt think anything.
    MountainLaurel (1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:46 AM
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    24. Exactly

    Edited on Fri May-30-08 10:51 AM by MountainLaurel
    And I'm of the opinion that willful ignorance is even worse than deliberate action in this case. And it's not like she didn't know what she was doing was dangerous: All of the high schools in her county have drunk driving awareness education programs, and a lot of schools will park a wrecked car (from a DUI accident) in front of the school during prom season to remind students what drinking and driving will do. And the judge herself said she was a smart girl, so it's not like she was mentally incapable of understanding her actions.

    Frankly, I'd like to see the U.S. institute a system like Germany's where if you get caught drinking and driving, you lose your license. Period. Forever.
    lionesspriyanka (1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:52 AM
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    36. you are talking about a 17 year old. maybe you people have forgotten being 17
    ProfessorGAC(1000+ posts)
    Fri May-30-08 10:38 AM
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    15. Murder Requires Motive and Intent

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    That sentence is a slap in the face to the Becker family. And the DUmmies general reaction to it is disgraceful. But I would expect nothing less fromt hem.
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    If she were the daughter of a Republican senator or congressman, the DUmmies would want her hanged.

    That thread just goes to show how liberals will excuse ANYTHING. At least some of the DUmmies showed some sense.

    That sentence is a travesty for killing somone through wantonly negligent behavior.
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    In Florida she would have gotten a couple of years for vehicular manslaughter. Florida has no tolerance for accident's that involve alcohol and cars.

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    Driving a car on the roads, drunk or sober, is an adult responsibility. Therefore anyone underage, but of legal driving age, who commits a crime in a car should be treated as an adult in the eyes of the court.

    Too many kids like this who get a slap on the wrist and have their records sealed for the rest of their lives as if nothing ever happened.
    Thanks to SarasotaRepub for your help! :D
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    Here, said kiddie would be looking at ten years jail, maybe longer.

    In Australia, drink and drive at MINIMUM means a years jail for low PCA...high PCA and kiss the next five years goodbye

    A young law student has been jailed by an Adelaide judge for drink driving which killed his best friend.

    A year ago, Burton Reynolds, 20, got behind the wheel after drinking, with others in the car including student Kent Stockdale.


    Reynolds crashed at North Adelaide and Mr Stockdale was killed.

    District Court Judge Paul Rice has jailed Reynolds for two years and eight months, with a non-parole term of 10 months.
    http://www.nt.gov.au/ntlac/legal_inf...nastascia).pdf

    We had a case similar to the one you see above...except here, said 17 year old will not see freedom till 2014. Licence cancelled forever.

    Judge threw the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    In Florida she would have gotten a couple of years for vehicular manslaughter. Florida has no tolerance for accident's that involve alcohol and cars.

    In Michigan, she would have faced a similar fate. At 17, she would be going to adult court, too. She may not have received the whole 2 years, if there was a sentence involving rehab, but she would have gotten a lot more than 30 days. And any screw-up (a +drug screen, failure to perform community service, etc.) and she would be doing the whole 2 years.
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