commented on Freedom Is Frustrating
Unbrainwashed, you certainly sound angry. Thankfully we have anonymous internet comment threads I guess? Cheaper than a therapist?
The thing about the criminal justice system is, supposedly A) There's a presumption of innocence. To overcome the presumption, proof is required, and not just any proof, proof beyond a reasonable doubt. B) You can't be held criminally accountable for actions you did not commit or participate in.
Even if, and it's a big IF, those kids knew who were involved, it's been conclusively proven that they weren't there and didn't participate. They don't fit either category. And where does it stop? If there's no legal oversight what's to stop the courts from imprisoning their family to help "coerce their testimony"? The fact is, they didn't do anything, they got let out because it was the right thing to do and they never should have been locked up in the first place.
You don't like it, I hear North Korea's a real exciting place to be. It's all the rage in the news and it sounds like your kind of place.
commented on Police Say a Stoned, High, Phone-Answering Driver Killed a Teenager
Vehicular homicide is a specific intent crime, with intent being inferred through gross recklessness. Vehicular manslaughter is a general intent crime that carries a lessor penalty.
Intoxication is a defense to vehicular homicide, reducing it to vehicular manslaughter. They can't charge a DWI and a vehicular homicide because one reduces the other.
Also, driving while fucked up is the stupidest thing ever, and I say this as an enthusiastic spliff smoker. Ride a bike, jerks!