The Dallas Morning News complains about a 16-year-old who caused four deaths in a DUI crash, getting probation rather than a 20-year jail sentence.
The writer, @MikeHashimoto, comes to the wrong conclusion:
Despite all the death in his wake, Ethan Couch didn’t learn a thing he didn’t already know: It’s far better to come from that wealthy place where actions seldom have those nasty old consequences. That’s for other folks.
The problem is not that the judge was lenient on this wealthy teen. The problem, rather, is how harshly our so-called justice system treats other folks. Ten years of probation, with treatment, seems a sound approach for any 16-year-old who’s had an incident like this.
We’d be more happy about this if Jim Longworth and Yes! Weekly showed any sign of concern for innocent people facing wrongful convictions. But regardless, he does point out the problem of inconsistent handling of DWI cases.
Oklahoma’s new DUI law for drugs means you’re guilty even if you’re not impaired. At Fair DUI we say that makes no sense.
Also, the article we read on it from KSWO gets the facts wrong. Some prescription drugs have the same metabolites as some illegal drugs. So you can be charged for prescription drugs.
Karri Dodson, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, is facing DUI charges after hitting a dog in the road. Read more about it in the Times Tribune.
Here are some pictures of Dodson in action, showing kids how to handle people like herself.
A NY deputy sheriff arrested for DWI and guess what – he refuses the breath test. Maybe he knows something.
Read more at 13 WHAM.
New Mexico had bad blood tests for four years. See story on ABC 15.
But don’t worry. The prosecutor is fighting to defend the bad tests.
WIVB reports that the campaign director for Bert Dunn for Sheriff was arrested for DWI. Jim Costello allegedly crashed at 3 am. Dunn is cited in the article as saying Costello will remain on the campaign.
Here’s another one – Former cop and current anti crime advocate caught driving drunk.