Tuesday, October 31, 2006

People v. Tackett (Cal. Ct. App. - Oct. 31, 2006)

Want to hear something scary? Guess what happens when you drive drunk, blow through a stop sign, strike another car, and kill the husband and wife in the car you hit (and seriously injure their son)? Answer: You get to spend the next 16 years and 8 months of your life in prison. And, thereafter, be unable to take back the fact that you've killed two totally innocent people and critically maimed another. Boo.

That's what happens here. Justice Scotland eventually takes two years off the sentence. But affirms the conviction, so Steven Tackett still gets to spend the next 15 years in the pokey.

More than enough reason to lay off the sauce -- or take a taxi -- during the revelry of the evening before All Saint's Day. As well as thereafter.

Food for thought.

P.S. - Justice Scotland, you accidentally forgot to close the parentheses in the large paragraph on page 8. Have a great Halloween!