Posted on February 24, 2010 in Personal Injury
In yesterday’s blog post, I wrote about the ongoing saga of the teen drinking citations at the home of a local lawyer/judge’s home in metro Atlanta. See the below posts, and also Google the Marietta Daily Journal to read the newspaper articles related to this episode.
Yesterday’s MDJ article reported on the fact that the homeowner lawyer/judge represented one of the teens cited for under age drinking in her home, and managed to obtain a plea agreement where, in lieu of 40 hours of community service, the young man received 150 hours of playing baseball.
Here’s what I wrote yesterday: "I am praying that tomorrow’s newspaper will bring with it a big, bold correction that states, ‘The young man, in fact, was not sentenced to 150 hours of baseball practice, but was sentenced to 150 hours of community service that included assisting the brain-injured and paralyzed victims of drunk drivers.’"
Well, I got half of it correct. There was a correction in today’s newspaper, but not as I wrote. The correction was that the assistant solicitor (in Georgia, solicitors prosecute misdemeanor cases; the district attorney’s office prosecutes felonies), who was quoted in yesterday’s article where he discussed the 150 hours of baseball as punishment, said that he had misread his notes when giving the newspaper his quotes. Upon review of his notes from the case, what he meant to say (according to today’s article) is that he decided to let "bygones be bygones" and he agreed to allow the case to be dismissed with no community service or punishment in the case. Ultimately, the judge in the case agreed. No community service. No nothing. Nada.
So here’s the scorecard. Thus far, of all of the people involved in this sorry spectacle, according to newspaper accounts, only one person — a teen — has accepted responsibility by completing 40 hours of community service.
There are too many important issues to discuss related to this case in one blog post. The outrage of community members who perceive that lawyers are the ones who get the sweetest deals in the justice system tops the list. As I said yesterday, it’s a concern for the lawyers who represent the people who are truly in need of justice, and who go before jurors whose view of the legal system cannot help but to be affected by these episodes.