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What a sentence

June 17, 2009 - Steve Murch
Others have said it better, but it still bears repeating — it is unbelievable that Donte Stallworth, a wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns, only received a 30-day sentence for killing a pedestrian in Florida while driving drunk.

KILLED the pedestrian!


How is that justice? That's literally getting away with murder. Stallworth reportedly came to a financial arrangement with the victim's family, but does that really let the judge give a month's sentence for someone taking another's life? The fact Stallworth was drunk and behind the wheel when he hit Mario Reyes should have had an effect on the sentence, but not shortening it. If it lengthen it, then I wonder what the charges are for lesser drunk driving offenses.

Yes, the family does have some money to help with expenses and as compensation, but a person's life was taken. Stallworth does have two years of house arrest, but he can continue his multi-million dollar career in the NFL (a kid's game where grown-ups get paid handsomely). And he has eight years probation. Yes, his life might be changed, but he can afford to have life come to him since he can't go out.

If ever there was a time when judicial review was needed, this is it.

Is the cost of taking another person's life really only 30 days in the slammer? What are we saying about personal responsibility behind the wheel? Maybe, if you want to drive under the influence, you can do it in Florida. I'm not sure how that judge can justify anything harsher for other who get alcohol-related offenses that don't result in the death of someone.



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