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Sailing related prosecution: California

This case has been making some waves over at SA. I didn't know if a thread has ever been posted here.

Long story short, a deputy police officer (not in his official capacity) was boating at night and rammed his power boat into a sailboat, killing one. He was going 40+ knots. The sailboat helmsman was charged with manslaughter (not the power boater) because he supposedly had been drinking. There are a lot of issues at hand. Here are some links:

abc7news.com: Judge says boat pilot should stand trial in Lake County 6/11/08
Lake County News | California - Judge: Dinius to stand trial for fatal 2006 boating crash
Sailor Charged in Clear Lake Death - Sailing Anarchy Forums
Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine
Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine

Be interested to hear your guys opinion.
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Last edited by merlin2375; 06-13-2008 at 09:38 AM.
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