Thursday, August 17, 2006

Serve Your Time *After* Playing Football

KENTON, Ohio (AP) -- A judge decided two high school athletes can complete the football season this fall before they serve 60-day jail sentences for a car crash caused by a decoy deer placed in a country road. Two teens were injured...

Last November, teens stole the decoy from a man's home, created a base to help it stand upright because it had only two legs, and then drove up and down the road, watching as drivers swerved to avoid it, prosecutor Brad Bailey said. He said Howard did not stop the prank.

Robert Roby Jr. crashed his car into a pole and broke his neck, collarbone, arm and leg. His passenger, Dustin Zachariah, suffered brain damage, Bailey said.

Words fail me.

Here's an update.

14 comments:

Lady S said...

I am shocked this wasn't Texas, you know how they love their football.

I would like to see the judge tell Mr.Roby and Mr. Zacariah they can start their lifelong injuries after they finish school.

Polski3 said...

This judge was totally wrong....what the h**l kind of message does this send? I hope the injured parties sue the pants off those punks in civil court.

rightwingprof said...

I don't usually rant on other peoples' blogs, but I was watching one of those hand-wringing liberal "oh, the poor misunderstood murderers!" shows (either one of Bill Kurtis's shows or 48 Hours), about somebody convicted for first degree murder. They said, and yes, I'm paraphrasing, that the sentences was much harsher than the average sentence for first degree murder in the state of Washington. The sentence was 37 years.

They did not say what the average sentence in Washington is for first degree murder, but if it's significantly less than 37 years, that pretty much sums up all I need to ever know about Washington, or whether I'd ever consider living there.

Can we say the death penalty?

Dennis Fermoyle said...

"Words fail me." A rare state of affairs for the Conservative Teacher, but in this case understandable. Me, too!

EllenK said...

Wow. I wonder if the judge would have been as forgiving if the kids had been in band. Or choir. Or worked after school to support their family? I have heard stories like these all the time. Don't worry,if it plays out like I think these kids will end up in a college in which they will end up on academic probation OR if they are really good, they will end up in pro football and earn millions by acting the fool between games. When are we going to start applying the law evenly to all people including kids? As for the football and Texas crack, yeah, I can see that, but you could put California or Florida or Georgia or Ohio in that same category regarding their insane support for Friday night lights.

Darren said...

There are *schools* in California that take football a bit too seriously, but nothing like the statewide obsession y'all have in Texas. I mean, seriously, broadcasting high school football games on the radio??? I couldn't believe it when I heard it--took me awhile to find some music on a Friday night!

Not that that's a bad thing. I love football. But I don't think it should excuse the boys in this case.

MikeAT said...

Lady S

“I am shocked this wasn't Texas, you know how they love their football.”

Yes Lady S, we love football down here…the movie "Friday Night Lights" only skims the surface. You know what else we do down here. We hold the perpetrator of the crime accountable for their action. We really don’t care to hear about oppression, poor schools, lack of opportunity, getting to the root cause of crime (BTY, we’ve figure that out…it’s call criminals), etc. You do the crime, you do the time.

It is possible that an idiot judge down here would make this kind of screwed up decision? Yes. But I would hope they would be convicted by a jury of Aggravated Assault, (Penal Code 22.02, “causes serious bodily injury to another…”) and subject to up to life imprisonment.

We’re not Los Angeles, where two spoiled rich boys can murder their parents in cold blood and hang the jury because, as one juror actually said, “I felt sorry for the boys…growing up without their parents.”

BTY Darren, what’s the big deal about radio broadcast of local football. Beats Michael Savage or NPR! :)

Darren said...

What's wrong with Savage??? I mean, he's a little crazy, but he's hilarious! Incidentally, I picked up one of his books for $1 at the Barnes and Noble in Denver and I'm reading it now. I like his ideas but not necessarily his delivery.

Eric said...

"With this stunt he was a child," she said. "He's an adult now."

Hmmm...last I checked 16 and 17 were a h@## of a lot closser to being an adult than a child. Get 'em off the football field and have them face the consequences. Sheeeshh...and I was having a good Saturday Darren! :)

rightwingprof said...

In Indiana, high school basketball games are on the radio.

Darren said...

There's just something "not right" about that.

MikeAT said...

On Savage, all I can say is I thought Limbaugh had an ego...damned.

I will give him this. His work raising money for the defense of those marines is very commendable.

Darren said...

Oh, he does love himself. And he's a bit over the top. But who was it who said that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice?

rightwingprof said...

Why not? For one thing, Indiana is a basketball state. For another, it's full of small towns where you go to high school games all your life. High school games are as important as college ball or the NBA (maybe more so, because they're local). It only makes sense that the games would be on the radio for those who can't for some reason get to the game in person.