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Old 01-31-2010, 04:58 PM   #106
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Kevin, so sorry to hear about this. Prayers to you and your family
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:08 PM   #107
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I am so sorry to hear about this injustice. This article shows how little the Florida legal system understands about drug abuse. I would love to write a letter to let Florida politicians about how choosing to drive while using ANY drug illegally shows indifference to public safety and should certainly make an offender eligible for manslaughter charges.

Is there a particular individual that we should be writing letters to? I prefer to send handwritten, personal letters to complain about such important issues.
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The person handling this case was the Assistant State Attorney, Robert Egan.

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Old 01-31-2010, 05:08 PM   #108
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Kevin, I'm very sorry to read this. It's horrendous.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:16 PM   #109
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I'm sorry that you have to re-live this and deal with a garbage decision by the courts.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:33 PM   #110
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I can't even think of something to say because it's so unbelievable. I'm really sorry.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:45 PM   #111
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Oh, Kevin I am so sorry to hear this.
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:00 PM   #112
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Kevin, I'm saddened to learn that you and your family have to relive the tragic passing of your father. That his murderer (and repeat drug offender) appears to not be held responsible is reprehensible!! I pray in time that this unjust wrong is righted and that your family may find peace.

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Old 01-31-2010, 07:37 PM   #113
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Kevin I am so sorry this is happening to you and your family. I hate to read articles like this in the paper. I do not know you personally but after listening to the podcast for 2 years I feel like I know you. Whenever I would hear you talk about your parents you sounded so sincere and that you would do anything for them. It is a shame that the courts would make such an unjust ruling. My thoughts are with you, your mother, and the rest of your family.

P.S. I read in the article your father was a butcher...my grandfather was a butcher too
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:04 PM   #114
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Kevin, have you considered contacting the national media? This has been bugging me all day and I was just trying to figure out what would put the most pressure on the State Attorney's office.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:09 PM   #115
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I am, honestly, just flabbergasted.

If there is evidence that he was driving while impaired, and tests show he had multiple drugs that would cause impairment, to then say there was no evidence that those drugs themselves were the cause of the impairment is silly, and even still, I don't understand why that ruling would be enough to drop all charges anyways if the evidence shows he was driving to endanger.

It appears that the DA simply does not want to pursue justice in this case - why not order the quantitative tests at this stage? Would it not be in the interest of justice?

The comments on the article are interesting as well.
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I am, honestly, just flabbergasted.

If there is evidence that he was driving while impaired, and tests show he had multiple drugs that would cause impairment, to then say there was no evidence that those drugs themselves were the cause of the impairment is silly, and even still, I don't understand why that ruling would be enough to drop all charges anyways if the evidence shows he was driving to endanger.

It appears that the DA simply does not want to pursue justice in this case - why not order the quantitative tests at this stage? Would it not be in the interest of justice?

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This just makes me ill. And I am so sorry. As someone who works in the industry I am speechless.

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Kevin Im so sorry to hear this. Its hard enough to loose a parent but this is even more terrible!

Will he be charged with something else? Like involuntary manslaughter? Hes going to be charges with something right???

Maybe CNN would report this. Like Nancy Grace.
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This is outrageous, and it's certainly a royal smack in the face to you and your family.

To have to relive this pain over and over again in the face of this injustice just... Well...

I can't use the words here that I'd like to...

A major to you and yours is the best I can do right now.
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While this whole situation is horrible, until they change the law and they way they do the testing there is no way to say whether he was high or not. If someone does cocaine 3 days ago, they will still find traces in their system, but they are absolutely NOT high still. THC stays with you for up to a month, it would certainly be far fetched to convict someone of a DWI for smoking a joint a month ago. I understand this is still VERY sad and i would be JUST as upset, but its the law that needs to change. I dont care what adults do in their private life in there home, its when they hurt someone else under the influence that there is a problem. Whether it be with alcohol, pot, or cocaine. Can you imagine the outrage you would feel if you if you got in an accident and they tested you and it came back positive for alcohol , and you got arrested, but you hadn't had a beer in 4 days??? im not saying this guy is innocent, he probably isn't, but they need to get into the 21st century and use science for all its worth, otherwise this will continue to happen. I wish your family the best and my thoughts and prayers are with you ....
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While this whole situation is horrible, until they change the law and they way they do the testing there is no way to say whether he was high or not. If someone does cocaine 3 days ago, they will still find traces in their system, but they are absolutely NOT high still. THC stays with you for up to a month, it would certainly be far fetched to convict someone of a DWI for smoking a joint a month ago. I understand this is still VERY sad and i would be JUST as upset, but its the law that needs to change. I dont care what adults do in their private life in there home, its when they hurt someone else under the influence that there is a problem. Whether it be with alcohol, pot, or cocaine. Can you imagine the outrage you would feel if you if you got in an accident and they tested you and it came back positive for alcohol , and you got arrested, but you hadn't had a beer in 4 days??? ....
I can imagine that if I ran over someone, I wouldn't be outraged to be arrested. I would be sick over it, no matter when I did drugs last.

The police reports according to the article also found him to be under the influence based on their observations. That should count for something.
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