Not all, but a really disgusting defense....:mad:

MountainLaurel (1000+ posts)
Fri May-30-08 10:10 AM
Original message
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.
lionesspriyanka(1000+ posts)
Fri May-30-08 10:31 AM
Response to Original message
9. she is a kid.
MountainLaurel (1000+ posts)
Fri May-30-08 10:32 AM
Response to Reply #9
11. A kid who murdered someone n/t
lionesspriyanka(1000+ posts)
Fri May-30-08 10:35 AM
Response to Reply #11
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
Response to Reply #14
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
Response to Reply #17
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
Response to Reply #14
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
Response to Reply #18
21. she probably didnt think anything.
MountainLaurel (1000+ posts)
Fri May-30-08 10:46 AM
Response to Reply #21
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
Response to Reply #24
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
Response to Reply #11
15. Murder Requires Motive and Intent

The Professor