I never really understood how much he was actually chasing her. That said, I
think the judge should have followed the prosecutor's recommendation.
@ byufootballrocksI just can't help but respond to your
post.You seem to think that prisons are useless...."Yet prison serves no "justice" purpose whatsoever: it's no
deterrent, it's rarely reformative (in fact, often quite the opposite),
it's expensive. It's seemingly easy from a financial perspective for a
judge to make the decision because it's the public that pays and not the
judicial office. "Yet, you offer no alternative for criminal
justice. If someone were to cause the death of your wife, the mother
of your children, what punishment would you have the justice system impart to
them? I'd seriously like to know.
This is why you don't appoint a former prosecutor to a judgeship.Typically, they only think one way: "justice" - so called; the
end-game of "justice" of course from that long-held practice and
mindset, by definition, is always "prison." When all you have is a
hammer....Yet prison serves no "justice" purpose whatsoever:
it's no deterrent, it's rarely reformative (in fact, often quite the
opposite), it's expensive. It's seemingly easy from a financial
perspective for a judge to make the decision because it's the public that
pays and not the judicial office. Both the prosecutors and the
defense agreed to a plea bargain here that had the potential for a sensible and
positive outcome. What is often forgotten is that the perpetrator of
an offense is a human being too, with a family. When you sentence an individual
to prison, you sentence the family to prison as well. It's hard
to imagine from a public safety perspective the need for state prison time in
" Jared Perkins admitted he was surprised with Lunnen's sentence even
though the judge was not bound to follow the recommendation of the
attorneys..."I was a little surprised by it, not that it was not warranted
in this case,” he said."Mr Perkins, If something more than
a token jail term was warranted, why on earth did you agree to anything less
than prison?"Perkins was also surprised that [the judge] allowed
Drew to walk out of the courtroom..to [allow] him time to get his affairs into
order”.I'm surprised, too. This man pled guilty in
November; he's in court for the sentencing. What's he going to get
done in the next week that he didn't have time for in the six weeks prior?
@Kaboutertje:"Would she have been charged and convicted if he
had been the one in accident?"No. He chose to chase her (and
endanger other people in the process). How did she cause him to drive
recklessly?"The primary reason there was a chase was that she
fled when he was trying to give her a chance."No. The primary
reason there was a chase is that he was trying to get the car back and did not
care if he endangered other people in doing so." If she had just
turned over the car, none of this would have happened. She could have slowed
down, too." You're right. And if she had made the
payments, he wouldn't have been involved. Was this a crime punishable by
death?"How is justice served when he goes to jail when both
parties were at fault?"That's like saying that Party A
insulted Party B so it's OK for Party B to take a gun and shoot Party A.
His response was not proportionate to the "crime" of driving off with
the car. Justice will be served only when he pays a substantial fine for
causing her death.
Re Laura BillingShe may have come back to her family, but would the
car have come back?He should have been charged with EXTREMELY
reckless driving. Her death is her own fault not his. He did however put the
public at extreme risk.
Left unsaid is the risk to everybody on the road that night when he decided to
drive recklessly--and yes, 70 MPH through a residential neighborhood at night is
crazy reckless. Seriously--did he think she was just going to leave her husband
and children forever just so she could hold on to a stupid car? All he had to
do was wait for her to come back. The idea that he should serve no
time is mind boggling.
Would she have been charged and convicted if he had been the one in accident?
The primary reason there was a chase was that she fled when he was trying to
give her a chance. If she had just turned over the car, none of this would have
happened. She could have slowed down, too.How is justice served when he
goes to jail when both parties were at fault?