Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This is a tough one.

A drunk driver rams into a family and kills two of the children. Moments later, the drunk is shot dead, allegedly by the father.

Father ‘shot dead drunk driver moments after he crashed into truck killing his two young sons'

I'd hate to have to be one of the jurors on that case.

But I suspect that if I was, dad would be walking free at the end of the day.

What are your thoughts on this one?

20 comments:

  1. That's a "get out of jail free" card for me.

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  2. I would push my jury to get him off on "temporary" insanity ( just to rub it in ) and the I would give him a medal publicly for being the citizen of the year.

    At the worst... I would hang the jury. He would not be found guilty with me on that jury.

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  3. No way would I vote guilty. Jury Nullification exists for a reason.

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  4. Let him go.

    Buy him lunch.

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  5. There is justice and then there is the legal system.
    This was justice.

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  6. Yeah, if I couldn't successfully steer things toward a better outcome I would definitely hang the jury. It's not often, but sometimes justice requires coloring outside the lines.

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  7. The prosecutor should reduce the charge to something appropriate: misdemeanor reckless discharge of a firearm. I would seriously consider voting to convict.

    Consider, not commit to.

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  8. I don't think I'd do as the dad did, but sure understand his motivation.

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  9. It's what ought to happen to every drunk driver that kills someone.

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  10. Probation, 5 years.

    At most.

    Only that because he walked into the house to get the gun.

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  11. Run it past a Grand Jury, See what, if any, charges.

    For certain, that is one drunk driver who will never hurt another human.

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  12. @ WSF: He was just indicted, so apparently it did go to Grand Jury. Pity that they didn't ash-can it there and save everyone a lot of trouble.

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  13. I would have declared the father not guilty by reason the deceased deserved everything he got.

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  14. If that were the norm, drunk driving would become a rarity.

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  15. Damn, what a tough one. No-win for everyone involved, even the DA, who probably in the depths of his heart approves of what the father did, too.

    I'd personally hope for a hung jury or a jury nullification, because by all rights the father did violate the rule of law and we can't trample on the rule of law too many times before it's too soiled to recognize.

    If he's convicted - - and I hope he isn't - - I'd wish the judge will give him the minimum required by the law, and I hope he'd be considered for clemency/pardon by the state Governor at the earliest opportunity.

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  16. It happened to me, except the other guy wasn't drunk, and I didn't kill him.
    He did kill my daughter, accidentally. Paid a fine.
    I always taught my daughter to take the high road, so I didn't take the personal path.
    The guy was a complete zero in court.
    I wouldn't be picked for a jury either, but certainly, the circumstances are mitigating.

    gfa

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  17. @ Armed: Aw, man. I'm really sorry.

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  18. I'd have to go with Bob on this one...the drunk driver would have gotten off with very minimal repercussions, most likely, and at any rate would have been back on the roads in a couple of years. The father, however, I think overstepped the line. Being a father myself, I completely understand...and think that if I were on the jury, he would be found guilty of negligent discharge and no more.

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  19. All I can say is if you hurt my child or my grandchildren you better give your soul to God because your ass is gonna belong to me. The only thing he did wrong was not burying the body in the woods.

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