Woman injured in apparent DUI, texting crash has 50/50 chance of keeping leg, father says

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  • suess Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    Wishes for all the best to Ms. Houston. I hope she heals from this horriffic accident. It is also refreshing to hear a suspect make the comment that he is basically guilty of all the charges, rather than say he didn't do it, or try to blame it on some other aspect of his life.

    Heal fast Keri!!!

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 1:32 p.m.


    Plea bargains, which have to be approved by both the prosecutors and the Court, have nothing to do with bail. Bail only permits the release of the defendant prior to trial, and may have stringent conditions of release that can include, in this case, regular blood-alcohol monitoring, electronic monitoring, an electronic ignition interlock which requires a driver to blow in a tube to check for alcohol before the car will start, and anything else that relates to the crime charged.

    The State may or may not offer a plea bargain, depending on the strength of its case, the circumstances of the crime, the criminal history of the defendant, and the amount of pressure it is getting from the public. The last factor shouldn't be part of the decision making process, but it is. In any case, if a plea bargain is offered, it must still be accepted by the defendant and approved by the court. And, as a side note, without plea bargaining, our court system would collapse under the load of cases waiting trial. Bringing everything to trial would be far more costly than you can imagine.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    @ Eliyahu

    No, the police and courts don't get to decide.....the attorney's do. Just read about the sweet deal the guys got that caused the Dump Fire and see what was "dropped" and "suspended" in favor of not having to go to court. The worse the crime, the more likely to get it reduced from a plea bargin.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Yes, Eddie, he's free on bail. That is another constitutional right, just like the Second Amendment rights that are in current focus. "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." And appellate courts have ruled that the purpose of bail is to permit the release of a defendant; not to prevent it. Unless a court finds that the defendant is likely to flee regardless of conditions of release or is extremely likely to reoffend while on bail regardless of conditions of release, he is entitled to bail. The courts and police don't get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they will support and obey.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Feb. 5, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Lets outlaw alcohol, like they want to do with guns.
    That's fair I believe.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    "Free on bail"? With that many charges, it is no wonder so many people really don't care if they do drugs and drink and text while driving along with many other things. Until we get serious and treat these people as the jerks they are from the beginning, we will continue to read of such stories.