Re: Donte Stallworth gets 30 days in jail for accident
posted at 6/16/2009 5:32 PM EDT
The fact that he was driving drunk 100% is part of this, if he was was not drunk then he would have been in the right for teh accident but he was not sober he was drunk and a man is dead and it is that simple. You are right if he was not in the street he would still be alive but that does not excuse Stallworth from driving drunk and killing someone. He got 30 days for killing a man and that is not teh way it shoudl work.
Posted by MVPkilla
but see there's my point. You can't say that his consumption played any part in it because you don't know. You can only say he was over the limit. You can't for certain say that if we took a sober person in the same situation they wouldn't also hit the guy. You are making a biased assumption that a sober person would not. If I discharge a rifle at some cans in my backyard and you jump in front of the gun as I fire, am I a murderer? If I had 2 beers and you did the same hting would I be more of a murderer or would it still be your fault for committing suicide? 3 beers? 4 beers?
Being drunk does not mean being blind. If I had 5 beers I probably wouldn't win at darts but I'm not going to walk into walls either. The law apparently is being interpreted that his crime was 'worse' than the guys but both committed crimes. I can definitely say if the guy wasn't in the street he wouldn't have gotten hit in the situation. You CANNOT say that he wouldn't have if Stallworth was stone sober. It's kinda hard to deny those 2 facts.
Again for the 'killing a man' and how it needs a big penalty.. I would submit there are many opportunities where a person kills another person and there should be NO jailtime.
f 2 people are lifting a fridge and ti slips and one is crushed, should the other one do time for manslaughter?
If I'm driving sober and skid out on wet roads (or a deer runs in front of the car) into a tree and my passenger dies should I be charged with manslaughter?
If I empty my poool and some person trespasses into my yard, ignores the sign saying empty pool, jumps in and dies... should I be charged with manslaughter?
If a person is standing on a curbing and loses their balance falling in front of a taxi, should the taxi driver be charged with manslaughter?
IF a person over the limit is driving on a country road behaving perfectly nad staying in their lane when a 70 year old senile person swerves into their lane for no reason and hits them headon, the old person dies... should the person who had been drinking be charged with manslaughter?