Jaywalking mom gets more jail time than guy who hit her kids??

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Registered: 05-16-2011
Jaywalking mom gets more jail time than guy who hit her kids??
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Sun, 07-24-2011 - 10:20pm

This story amazes me. The guy had two prior hit and runs. He serves five months, she may get 2.5 years? I'm totally lost on this one. I have been stuck in the news lately and stories like this make me want to go back to reading food mags.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/radley-balko/raquel-nelson-jail-for-jaywalking_b_905925.html

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Registered: 11-04-2010

Maybe that's why the judge offered her another trial. Because of the press he felt compelled to give her something for her jaywalking crime? I read somewhere that the whole street is dark - if she crossed at the crosswalk, it was just as dark as where she did cross, I think. So, maybe getting a new trial would help

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Thanks for the update Cathy.
One would think this woman had enough on her plate without doing community service. Where is the court's compassion? :(

 


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Registered: 07-27-2011

You know i have heard of miscarrage of justice but this is blows my mind.....

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Registered: 11-04-2010

Yes, she got probation and 40 hours of community service. And, the option for a new trial - I never heard of something like that before! I think at this point, I'd take what I got and get out. With her 'luck' I'd have to worry about really getting jail time with a new trial. :smileysad:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/07/jaywalking-mom-may-get-more-jail-time-than-sons-hit-and-run-killer/1

Updated at 12:55 p.m. ET: Raquel Nelson appeared happy as she left the court and thanked those who helped and supported her, the Associated Press reports. "I'm walking out of here. I don't feel like I can be more satisfied," she says. "I'm ready to go home."

She was sentenced to probation and 40 hours of community service.

Updated at 11:35 a.m. ET: A Georgia mother got one year's probation in connection with the death of her 4-year-old son who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a busy street, WXIA reports.

In an unusual move, the judge offered her the option of having another trial. She was convicted this month of homicide by vehicle in the second degree, jaywalking and reckless conduct for trying to cross a four-lane road with her children in Marietta, Ga.

Her attorney David Savoy says they will take the judge up on the offer of a new trial.

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Registered: 03-18-2000
"I think I heard on CNN this morning she wasn't getting any time."

I hope you heard correctly.

 


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Registered: 11-13-2009
I'd get time for contempt of court if it made it that far. As a matter of principal. And flat being p*ssed off.... and heartbroken.

 

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Registered: 10-11-2005
On of th reasons I don't coming up to the "Big City" & yes I've jaywalked in Seattle. ( & yes I got away with it, I usually harp @ whoever is with me about doing it)

I think I heard on CNN this morning she wasn't getting any time.
~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 04-07-2002
This is just an aside...but around here, if you jaywalk & get caught, you get a ticket & fine. It's as much to protect peds as it is to protect drivers. Now, in this case, I don't believe it should apply. The driver should have been charged & that city/county area (whomever oversees that roadway) needs to get their acts together & put in a stop light & cross walk!

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Registered: 07-22-2011

This story is just too unbelievable to understand.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Yes, he apparently did the same with his first "accident," too.

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