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Tragic story

I happened to come across this thread while surfing another forum and was absolutely shocked. There is something to be learned here.

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I happened to come across this thread while surfing another forum and was absolutely shocked. There is something to be learned here.

http://www.sailinganarchy.com/forums...howtopic=56342
A bit late to the party, Ti, but I'm glad you threw this up. A lot of us are up in arms over this incident, to say the least. Congrats go out to Spindler and the crew of Latitude 38 for keeping this topic in the headlines. It's utterly appaling how this has been handled.

Will be interesting to see if Barney eventually walks--perp wise or other...

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I happened to come across this thread while surfing another forum and was absolutely shocked. There is something to be learned here.

http://www.sailinganarchy.com/forums...howtopic=56342
Aint this a story from hell. After reading the thread from June up to today it appears that the sailboat lights were on and it was accepted as evidence based on two witnesses. 48hours may be running the story, no doubt tearing into the DA who is protecting his speed demon deputy. Blasting though a dark night in a baja with passengers and a kid on board, real smart deputy dan. Someones going to pay and I dont think it will be anyone on the sailboat.
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It would be ideal if the DA got disbarred and prosecuted for obstruction, and the deputy got convicted of vehicular manslaughter and operating in a reckless manner...

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If I'm the defense attorney in this case, and it goes to a jury, I'm already counting the money. Take the jurors out on a dark moonless night in a speedboat at 40-50MPH; half of them will soil themselves. Case closed.
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Yes, leave it to a jury. They will stop him. It's very hard to get that one past a jury... indeed it will be impossible, even though he is a police officer. It simply will not fly.

He drove into a next-to-stationary sailboat, the sailboat presuably carrying lights, and he drove into it at 55 mph.

He's a bozo. A reckless bozo.

In Scotland at a place called Tarbert, about 10 years back, a powerboat ran up the rocks, killing 2 on board if I remember. It did not take too long to piece together what had happened.... too fast really.
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One would have thought the case of Mike Nifong (Wikipedia) would've been ample warning to prosecutors and police officers contemplating misbehaviour of this type, yet, amazingly enough, it would appear it was not.

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SD has called it right, and the sherrif's counsul who recommended prosecuting the sailor should also be jailed. Neither of them deserve one of those country club prisons, but should be put in with the real toughs, who eat jailed cops for lunch! I think a jury would rule the sailor not guilty, but the sad part is that both the prosecutor and the deputy will probably go scot free!
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One would have thought the case of Mike Nifong (Wikipedia) would've been ample warning to prosecutors and police officers contemplating misbehaviour of this type, yet, amazingly enough, it would appear it was not.

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Nifong is kind of an outlier. It's very difficult to prove prosecutorial misconduct; Nifong was just exceptionally stupid.
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This is another example of how screwed up the justice system is. Ever try to fight a traffic ticket in court,what ever the cop who issued the ticket says in court is treated as gospel truth and the citizen is considered a lying moron.

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