In mid June, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was blasted in the court of public opinion, when a criminal court in Miami sentenced him to one month in jail, two years house arrest, eight years probation, and 1,000 hours community service, after Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI Manslaughter for driving under the influence here in Miami and striking a man who was attempting to cross the street on foot.
The outrage was palpable, as folks complained that Stallworth, a wealthy professional athlete, got what was called a sweetheart deal, and people hated it that he claimed his victim suddenly darted in front of him and was jaywalking...though court records say surveillance/security footage at the scene confirmed Stallworth's story.
About 1,500 miles away in the Boston area, a similar case recently played out. Ilse Horn, 89, finally pleaded guilty this week to Vehicular Homicide for striking and killing a young girl who was in a cross walk in June, while the girl was out for a stroll with her grandfather.
For weeks after the accident, Horn refused to acknowledge it was her fault. And even during her allocution this week, before even acknowledging that she was the driver, she told the judge she felt bad that "(her) car" struck the girl.
Horn's age makes you feel for her, right? Plus, she was sober. Plus she and her family had to flee Germany when she was young to escape the Nazis. And it's gut-wrenching that she's a widow.
But wait! Horn's late husband might have lived to see 89, also, had he not been killed in September 1992 in yet another fatal car accident in which she was driving.
What did Horn get for a sentence this week for soberly striking and killing that girl? Revocation of her driver's license, a $200 fine, and six years probation.
All dark humor aside, does anyone really think that Horn should have gone to jail? Hmmmm.
Like I keep saying, it's all relative.
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