@ltblueute - No, the law did not fail. These people failed. Every time a law
is broken it does not mean the law failed. Similarly, the law is not intended to
act as a deterrent. That is now what a law is. Punishment for breaking a law
is meant to punish the person and to hopefully deter others from doing so. The
law itself is a set of rules society has determined need to be followed for the
well being of us all - laws in and of themselves are not a deterrence as you
claim. Jail time would accomplish what is supposedly accomplishes
whenever we put others in jail. The fact his wife died and the fact that is
worse than a jail sentence doesn't mean that a jail sentence would fail to
accomplish what any and all jail sentences are meant to accomplish.
ltblueute,I can see why you would want to find a difference between
what happened and a DUI perhaps, by suggesting its only the same if he had
pushed her.But use my drug comparison - would you not be in favor of
prosecuting someone who provided(didn't force inject) drugs to a family
member who then died?
Did mercy rob justice in this case?
To all those condemning them for breaking the law - there is nobody alive that
hasn't broken the law. 1 mile per hour over the speed limit is breaking the
law. Not using your blinker, breaking the law. Texting and driving is breaking
the law. They liked to base jump, give them a break. They weren't out to
hurt anybody, they just enjoyed doing it.
But these two apparently have a long history of jumping from places forbidden.
Radio towers, buildings. This time it caught up with them.
RE Kenyour analogy is accurate if he had pushed her or forced her to
jump. She made the choice, they both did, i am assuming of their own accord.
It is hardly the same as an innocent person in a car, or someone who is
innocently drugged by another. If the point of law is keep people
safe, to maintain order, and to act as a deterrent, this law already failed in
regards to this poor couple. No additional punishment will make them safe,
deter future people more than the tragic happenings already have. No additional
punishment will satisfy any need for justice since the very amends for the
broken law of some jail time and a fine have far been superseded by the loss of
his bride. why must we make him pay more than the law requires for justice.
Now is not the time for cries of justice. Now is the time for cries of
sympathy, compassion and mercy. The consequences far exceed what justice ever
Playing devils advocate here, in response to all those who are criticizing
Fredisdead, I can see justification for prosecution. If a person was driving
under the influence and killed a family member in their car, would we not
prosecute assuming no one else was injured, since they already lost a family
member due to their actions?IF a person gave drugs to a family
member who died from an overdose, would we not prosecute since that person
already lost the family due to their actions?Part of the reason we
have enforcement of laws is to deter future occurrences. Now the obvious reply
from someone is "isn't possibility of death a deterrence"? Well,
it apparently wasn't in this case.
A prime example of LEO/ system discretion working as it should. Zero tolerance
and mandatory min/max sentencing laws all need to be tossed.
Fredisdead - a death like this is certainly much more of a deterrent to others
wanting to BASE jump in Zion than a $5000 fine or a few months in jail (for a
misdemeanor) would be. There's no point in adding insult to injury, even if
the law calls for it.
Glad to hear it. Cruel and unusual punishment. Mercy is appropriate here, to
answer FREDISDEAD. You should try a little mercy in your life!
Fredisdead: Very cold response. Sure he broke the law, but don't you think
the death of his bride is already a high price to pay?
You know they did broke the law but I guess it is okay to drop it. BUT, how many
more deaths going to happend when the law will be broken?
Why drop the charges? He BROKE the law.
I'm not surprised at this. I thought they'd go easy on him. He has
already paid a very high price for bad judgment.
Glad to hear it. This poor guy has already paid the price