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
- 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????
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?
I'd love to also see some more information re these matters. There's often something else going on.
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."
I believe justice is bought, just like everything else. Money talks :-(