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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 12:20 pm
I just witnessed a young boy (21-22) get sentenced to 35 years in Prison (there is no 'parole' in florida) and 2 months ago I witnessed an older gentleman (43) get sentenced to 20 years Probation. What's the same about these cases?

- DUI Manslaughter
- Victim was a good or best friend of the Driver

What's different:

- Local "legal bigshot" high priced private atty/Defendant - local 'big name family' with mucho dinero

- Local small-time private atty/Defendant - local no-name - middle class family

Am I being ridiculous in wanting to scream over such injustice? In my job I see this kind of crap day after day after day....If the law is the law - why do such differences occur????
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fishin
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 12:40 pm
A 35 year sentence for a DUI/Manslaughter case seems awful high. (here in MA they seem to get somewhere between 2 and 10 years..).

Are you sure those listed are the only differences????

Do you have a link to a local story on this kid?
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 12:43 pm
I'd love to also see some more information re these matters. There's often something else going on.
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fishin
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 01:36 pm
Apparently probation isn't out of the norm for these cases in FL.

"Drunken driver avoids jail for fatality
A judge sentences a 21-year-old man to 15 years of probation in a fatal drunken-driving accident, citing the man's remorse for killing his teen friend."

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/7398886.htm
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Ceili
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 04:14 pm
Justice is blind.
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Montana
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 11:57 pm
I believe justice is bought, just like everything else. Money talks :-(
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