Discussion in 'Community Board' started by meloneyb21, Jul 11, 2009.
...and Vick gets 23 months for killing dogs? I'm confused. Do we not value human life?
Unfortunately, it will probably mean more to Dante Stallworth that he has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL. That's according to the Associated Press, here's the link... http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g-CLeMDPwyX2iShZyyhlE_wWxjlgD99BJ8NO1.
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I think he should have got longer then 24 days. However, It wasn't his intention to kill someone. Vick meant to hurt those poor dogs he tourted them in fact. Over and over again.
If you get behind the wheel of a car when you have had too much to drink you should accept the fact that you could hurt or kill somebody. It's not an accident. He got off because he paid the family a big civil settlement and they claimed that they wanted leniency so the whole thing could be over.
I agree, and I agree that he should've gotten a way tougher sentence.
But, I disagree that DUI Manslaughter is the same as planning and executing a murder. He does need to take full responsibility for the death of the person he killed, but I just don't think theres any right answer as far as how much, in comparison to a pre-meditated murder.
There is no right answer.
A 24 day sentence is laughable, but it was an accident. Stallworth fully cooperated with the police, and by many accounts, the victim ran out into the street right in front of his car.
That is completely different than the repeated and intentional abuse and exectution of dogs.
I love to have some drinks, my friends love to have some drinks we make arrangements BEFORE we sent out for the day/evening to get to and from safely. I no longer drive so I dont have to worry about me but I do make sure my DH and friends have a plan in place or don't drink too much. I dont want any of them to end up in jail or lord forbid hurting someone. There should be a mandatory minimum for DUI deaths.
I have never saw what what he did was right. In fact it was stupid of him. He should have got longer then 24 days.
He reached a settlement with the family, so they didn't pursue harsher punishment.
I'm sure his "indefinite" suspension will be anything but indefinite - maybe the entire next season, but I would guess not that long, even.
My son is 15 and taking the test for his driver's permit; several of the questions regard DUI penalties. I suppose the penalties aren't the same for celebrities!
if he wasn't rich and famous he would have gotten alot more then 24 days.
People need to realize what Donte Stallworth did. Yes he killed a man, if you know the full the story, the man came running across the street in front of traffic when he was killed. If Donte Stallworth had not been drinking, he would have killed the man according to police and eye witness reports. Yes he was drunk, but it didn't play a factor. Also this is a man with NO prior criminal history and he stopped as soon as he hit him and waited for police to arrive. He fully cooperated with police. If he hadn't been drunk, he wouldn't have even been charged!
Now he is the important thing. REGARDLESS of what he paid the family, the COURT decided not to pursue this anymore, the JUDGE gave him a sentence that HE thought was fair and HE is the expert, not us!
His sentence was 30 days in prison, 2-3 years of probation and life without a drivers license (in 5 years he can get a work only licence)
Stop casting judgements until you know the full story, and athletes are rarely getting special treatment for serious crimes, so stop making that conclusion unless you back it up with hard evidence.
Well, He has proven he's the only Cleveland Brown who can hit anybody.
Stallworth also has an alien living in his brain during games, the rest of the time the alien 'nicco' lives at Mars.....
Thank you. Saved me some typing.
And Michael Vick is the scum of the earth. I would carry on a conversation with Stallworth. I might kill Vick with my bare hands if given the opportunity.
He hit a guy that was drunk crossing a street that wasn't in the crosswalk. They both had blame to share here. Having to live the rest of your life with that weight on your shoulders and ruining your career is punishment enough, I think the sentence is fair.
Although it was an unavoidable accident - Stallworth was not supposed to be driving - his b.a.c. was almost double the legal limit - if he hadn't been driving he wouldn't have killed him.
The guy he killed wasn't drinking - he was on his way home from work after working the night shift - it was 7 am.
IMO his plea deal was brokered after his payment to the family. Victim impact is a large part of sentencing... since they "wanted closure" the deal was approved by the judge.
It's sad to say, but I would guess the financial payout was in the millions of $$ range - it's reported DS had his car insurance and a $5 million umbrella liability policy. The sad part is, the victim's death probably gave the family more financial security than he ever would in life.
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